ULAN BATOR, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia's Khuvsgul Lake National Park has been added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism said Thursday.
The decision was made during the 34th session of the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme taking place in Paris, France, from Monday to Friday, the ministry said in a statement.
Khuvsgul Lake is located in the northern Mongolian province of Khuvsgul near the Russian border, holding nearly 70 percent of Mongolia's fresh water, or 0.4 percent of the world's total.
The lake is 1,645 meters above sea level, 136 km long and 262 meters deep.
A total of nine sites from Mongolia have so far been registered in the network, according to the ministry.
The Man and the Biosphere Programme is an intergovernmental scientific program set up by UNESCO in the early 1970s with the aim of establishing a scientific basis for enhancing the relationship between people and their environments. ■