Mount Damavand Iran Natural World Heritage Site

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Mount Damavand Iran is a Natural World Heritage Site

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Mount Damavand will be registered on the unesco national world heritage list as the first natural monument across the country on July 29. This dormant volcano and the highest peak in Iran with a special place in the Persian mythology and folklore.

Located in the middle of Alborz range of mountains, Damavand is the highest point in the Middle East and the highest volcano in Asia.
Though not volcanically active, there are fumaroles near the summit crater that deposit sulfur, which were most recently known to be active since July 6, 2007.IRNA

Sunrise Mt Damavand, View From Tehran
Sunrise Mt Damavand, View From Tehran
Photo by Ardeshir Soltani

Mount Damawand Natural World Heritage

Iran's Mount Damavand has been submitted to UNESCO's tentative list for registration as the country's first Natural World Heritage Site. Damavandiran has been submitted as Iran's first Natural World Heritage Site Iran's highest peak has been submitted to UNESCO's tentative list for registration as the country's first Natural World Heritage Site.

It is the highest elevation of about 5628m (18,406 ft) in Iran. It is an inactive volcanic mountain which was active in the Quaternary Period. Located in the middle Alborz Range, it is the highest point in the Middle East and the highest volcano in all of Asia.

Snow covers the peak of DamawandIran throughout the entire year and makes it an important ski resort of Iran. The most important thermal springs there are Ask and Larijan. Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) believes the world registration of Demavand will help protect the diverse flora and endemic species as well as endangered plants.IRTAT

Mount Damavand Poppy Field
Mount Damawand Poppy Field
Photo by Solard

Mount Demavand Natural Wold Heritage
Date of Submission: 05/02/2008
Category: Natural
Submission prepared by:Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization
State, Province or Region:Tehran
Province Ref: 5278

Description
Mount Damawand is the highest elevation about 5628m a. l. s. in Iran. It is an inactive volcanic mountain which was activated in Quaternary Period. It has numerous thermal springs. The peak of Damavand covers permanently snow during the entire year. The most important thermal springs are Ask and Larijan.

The Flora and Fauna is very rich and include about 2000 plant species. There are numerous endemic species which are important to Flora of world.

Justification of Outstanding Universal Value
VII. This volcanic mountain activated in Quaternary Period and it is the one of the highest elevations in the world.
VIII. The presence of several thermal springs and rich Flora and various plant communities.
IX. It is an inactive Vulcan with beautiful landscapes specially in spring due to distinct species such as Tulipa, Iris and etc.
X. Due to presence of endemic species and beautiful landscape, it should be protected.

Satements of authenticity and/or integrity
Rich flora and endemic species and also endangered plants.
Comparison with other similar properties Mount Damavand is one of the unique volcanic mountains including of special rich Flora andplant communities in Iran and of the world.
Wold Heritage

Early Morning Damavand
Good Morning Mount Damavand

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