Central Asia: Southern Russia into Mongolia

  • Scientific Code
  • Ecoregion Category
  • Size
    31,200 square miles
  • Status
    Relatively Stable/Intact
  • Habitats


Location and General Description

Biodiversity Features

Current Status

Types and Severity of Threats

Justification of Ecoregion Delineation
This ecoregion includes the lands above timberline between the Altai Mountains and Lake Baikal. In Russia, the boundaries correspond to the montane tundra in the south of the West Siberian and the Tuva-Buryat-Mongolia vegetation province in Kurnaev’s forest map of the USSR (1990). The region also contains adjacent high mountain areas of north central Mongolia as depicted by Hilbig (1995) and the Mongolia Ministry for Nature and Environment (1996).

Hilbig, W. 1995. The Vegetation of Mongolia. SPB Academic Publishing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Kurnaev, S. 1990. Forest regionalization of the USSR (1:16,000,000) Moscow: Dept. of Geodesy and Cartography.

Mongolia Ministry for Nature and Environment, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). 1996. Mongolia’s Wild Heritage, edited by C. Finch. Avery Press, Boulder

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