The natural reserve "Dagestan" is located on the territories of "Kizlyar Bay" and "Sarykumsky dunes". The new status will help to establish a biosphere polygon in the highlands of the Eastern Caucasus and some other territories, and to develop the projects studies, protection and monitoring of biological and landscape diversity of the region. The cooperation with Kazakhstan, Georgia and Azerbaijan on this issue will be more productive. One of the main tasks of the Dagestan reserve is the search and conservation of the habitats of the Persian leopard in the Eastern Caucasus, as well as the salvation of Caspian seals in the Northern Caspian.
"Khakassky" and "Kostomukshsky" reserves also joined the list of UNESCO heritage. Now in Russia there are 46 biosphere reserves. The world network of biosphere reserves includes 669 protected areas in 120 countries.