Hirkan National Park was created in 2004 on the territory of Astara and Lankaran Districts, covering an area of 42,797 hectares. The main purpose of the park is to protect the subtropical landscapes and the remains of endemic plant species. Out of 435 trees and shrubs species widespread in Azerbaijan, 150 grow in forests of Hirkan, including the ones that are listed in the "Red Book" of Azerbaijan such as ironwood, Hirkan boxwood, chestnut-leaved oak, fig, Hirkan pear, Persian silk tree, Caucasian persimmon ( Date-plum), alder, and others. The documents were submitted to UNESCO Secretariat to include Hirkan forests into the list of UNESCO Natural and Cultural Heritage.
- On the territory of Astara and Lankaran Districts
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