A UNESCO geopark is to be created in the Ulyanovsk region

This initiative was introduced by the Governor Sergey Morozov during his trip to the Underovsky Paleontological Reserve.

 "Paleontological museums are one of the main exhibition centers of any country. This year it is necessary to begin design work to establish such a Museum in our region. It is necessary for this facility to be large-scale and modern to demonstrate people evolution of life on Earth. We also need to make the museum attractive for young residents of our region. Every child who comes here should enter the unknown world of the past", - said the head of the region.

According to the UNESCO criteria, Underovsky Paleontological Reserve and the surrounding area, which is located in the Ulyanovsk region, are suitable for inclusion in the network of geoparks. According to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources of the region Mikhail Semenkin, establishment of a geopark will not only ensure conservation of the geological layers and their unique paleofauna but will also help to develop tourism, to raise public awareness about environmental issues.

"Geoparks attract scientists, researchers and tourists. This will be beneficial for development of the region and will increase its general attractiveness", - said Gulnara Rakhmatulina, the Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources of the Ulyanovsk region.

According to the dedicated experts, it is planned that Underovsky Paleontological Reserve will receive the status of a geopark in 2018 and the whole project will be implemented in 2019. Such projects are already applied in Altai and Krasnodar regions, the Republic of Bashkortostan.

As a reference:

UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

At present, there are 127 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 35 countries.