Arasbaran, beautiful region of East Azerbaijan province, is home to about 23,500 nomads who had preserved their traditional lifestyle and keep moving from one place to another in different seasons.
Arasbaran, northwestern Iran, is a mountainous region. Its brilliant history and magnificent natural landscapes are great for ecotourism. Since 1976, UNESCO has registered 72,460 hectares of the region as biosphere reserve. Iranian nomads spend hot days of summer in Arasbaran.
ARASBARAN in UNESCO
This biosphere reserve situated in the north of Iran at the border to Armenia and Azerbaijan belongs to the Caucasus Iranian Highlands. In-between the Caspian, Caucasus and Mediterranean region, the area covers mountains up to 2,200 meters, high alpine meadows, semi-arid steppes, rangelands and forests, rivers and springs.
Arasbaran is the territory of about 23,500 nomads who are mainly living in the buffer and transition zones (2000). Economic activities in the biosphere reserve are mainly agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture, apiculture, handicrafts and tourism, but business activities can also be found in urbanized areas. (more)
Photo: Masoumeh Fariborzi