Kazakhstan: tourist zone opens at Tanbaly petroglyphs site in Almaty region

ALMATY (TCA) — A zone for receiving guests and tourists opened on July 9 at the Tanbaly historical and archeological site, located in Almaty Region’s Zhambyl District in southern Kazakhstan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan reported.

Thanks to the creation of the tourist zone, tourists visiting this unique natural, historical and archeological site in the Almaty Region will be able to enjoy their stay and admire artefacts left by ancient people thousands years ago. The Tanbaly petroglyphs are on the UNESCO world heritage list.

UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Kazakhstan Norimasa Shimomura, Country Programme Specialist at UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS Ozlem Atlug, Director and UNESCO Representative to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Krista Pikkat, and Chairman of the Kazakh Agriculture Ministry’s Forestry and Wildlife Committee Kair Ryskeldinov took part in the launching ceremony.

The zone was set up under the project “Improving sustainability of the protected area system in desert ecosystems through promotion of biodiversity-compatible livelihoods in and around protected areas”, financed by Global Environmental Facility and implemented by UNDP and the Government of Kazakhstan. Tanbaly is located in the Ile-Balkhash area, which is a pilot territory of the UNDP project to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems in Kazakhstan.

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