Shulgan-Tash’s rock art and first Yangan-Tau Geopark in Russia are presented in Paris
UFA, 20 November 2018. /Bashinform News Agency, Gulfiya Akulova/ translated by Tatiana Aksyutina/.
A presentation of Bashkortostan timed to the 20th anniversary of the republic’s cooperation with UNESCO, is held in Paris at the Russian Center for Science and Culture. The official delegation headed by the Prime Minister of the Government of RB Rustem Mardanov participates in the opening of the presentation and other events.
The main objective of the presentation is to show the international community the objects nominated to UNESCO: the rock art of the Shulgan-Tash Cave for inclusion in the World Heritage List of UNESCO and the first in the Russian Federation “Yangan-Tau” Geo-Park — for inclusion in the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. UNESCO officials, specialists and experts, scientists from Bashkortostan and the Russian Federation, France, representatives of French and foreign museums-reserves, museum complexes and geoparks that have received international UNESCO status are taking part in the roundtables on the objects nominated to UNESCO.
It is planned that the business meeting and negotiations of Bashkortostan representatives with the new leadership of UNESCO and the presentation of the republic in the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Paris will expand the horizons of the republic’s cooperation with UNESCO in jointly implementing relevant projects and programs.
The Shulgan-Tash Cave (Kapova Cave) in the Burzyan region is known for its rock paintings of the Paleolithic period. About 200 drawings were revealed here: a mammoth, a horse and other animals, anthropomorphic figures. In November 2017, the world's oldest image of a camel was found in a cave under a layer of calcite. In order to protect and preserve the rock paintings, the Shulgan-Tash Cave claims to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The "Yangan-Tau" Geopark is located in the Salavat region. There are more than 20 geological sites of international and national importance. The main geological attraction is the Mechetlino section, in which there are fossils of the flora and fauna of the Permian period (290 million years ago). The republic’s bid for the inclusion of “Yangan-Tau” into the UNESCO Global Network was submitted in November last year.