The Altai-Sayan ecoregion is located in the territories of Russia, Mongolia,
Kazakhstan and China.
World Wide Fund for Nature Russian Programme
Chimed-Ochir Bazarsad Khuasai
Programme Leader for Altai-Sayan
WWF Russian Programme Office
The focal issues to be emphasized in this assessment are biodiversity value and
ecosystem services, and the identification of trends, scenarios and development
patterns in the Altai-Sayan ecoregion.
Ecosystem services being assessed
Biodiversity, tourism, cultivated food, harvested food.
Key features of assessment
The Altai-Sayan Ecoregion encompasses mountain pristine forest ecosystems,
surrounded by steppes in the north and east, and by deserts and semi-deserts in
the south and west. The region includes the Altai and Sayan mountain systems,
and vast intermountain depressions. This region is one of the world centers of
plant diversity. Its biological, landscape, historical, cultural and religious
diversity is considered to be very unique. There are many mammals, birds,
amphibians, fish and at least 213 species of rare and endemic plants. The area
is also culturally diverse, with four language groups (Russian, Mongolian,
Chinese and Turkic) and more than 20 indigenous ethnic groups practicing
traditional land use systems. There are also a variety of religions including
Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Shamanism.
The total budget is estimated at US$752,000. The assessment will begin in July
2003 and end in November 2005.