Central Eurasia

Central Eurasia is the interior section of the Palearctic -- one of the world’s eight major biogeographical realms – with 8 bioregions in total. This realm division stretches from the Caspian Sea to the edge of the great deserts of western China and consists primarily of temperate grasslands and semi-desert. It encompasses most of Iran, Azerbaijan and the ‘stans,’ corresponding roughly with Central Asia. There are two forested bioregions, coinciding with the Zagros and Elburz mountain ranges in Iran. In the north, another forested bioregion stretches across the lower edge of Western Siberia. The Tian Shan mountain range is a particularly important bioregion for biodiversity. With over 2500 plant species, it is one of the few ranges of the vulnerable and elusive snow leopard. 

Projects that require funding are identified for each bioregion on the map below. Click a number icon to open the associated project listings.