Bikin National Park got UNESCO World Heritage Site Status
The territory of the upper and middle parts of the Bikin River is unique for its landscape and biodiversity features. These forests are actually full analogues of Eurasia’s pre- temperate forests, but such ecosystems have almost completely transformed or disappeared entirely on the rest of the territory. It is the sole large basin where trees have never been felled, and that is why it is only this site that can give the idea about how Ussuriyskaya taiga looked like till the mid-19th century.
The Bikin River Valley was included into the tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2010. But according to the strict UNESCO rules the country has to guarantee the long-term conservation of the site. Only a federal PA status meets this criterion. Yet, one of the demands of the Committee is the creation of a buffer zone around the Park and the elaboration of a Management Plan jointly with the Sikhote-Alinsky NR and the Goraliy Wildlife Refuge.
The establishment of the Bikin National Park on over 11 000 square kilometers became possible only due to the support of the Presidential Administration of Russia and the Amur Tiger Center.