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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  General Description   Riacho Teuquito is located in the Province of Formosa in the Chaqueña Region in the north of Argentina. The Biosphere Reserve belongs to the Chaco biogeographical region with tropical dry or deciduous forests, particularly ‘quebrachal’ dominated by Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco and Schinopsis lorentzii in the valleys, matorral scrublands and forests with matorral, flooded matorral, flooded savannas, agricultural systems and grazing forests. Wetlands are also present, located mostly along rivers, providing a refuge for a wide range of species including migratory birds. More than 3,000 people (2000) live in the biosphere reserve, of which 350 form indigenous communities (Toba Qomleck Pilagá and Wichí). The principal economic activities are agriculture, forestry, commerce, industry and cattle raising. The transition area contains a development project with the objective of promoting sustainable use of natural resources, establishing pilot areas of productive models and harmonizing environmental, political, social, cultural and economic issues.
  Major ecosystem type   Tropical dry or deciduous forests
  Major habitats & land cover types   "Quebrachal" dominated by Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco and Schinopsis lorentzii; "Quebrachal" with valleys characterized by Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco; "Quebrachal" dominated by Schinopsis lorentzii and with Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco and Bulnesia sarmientoi; matorral and forests with "maderjones" including species such as Schinopsis spp., P. nigra, P. alba (algarrobos), Cereus coryne and Ruprechtia triflora; matorral dominated by Ruprechtia triflora, Prosopis ruscifolia, Bulnesia sarmientoi etc.; inundated matorral dominated by P. nigra, P. alba and Vallesia glabra; "matorral" including Cereus coryne, Prosopis ruscifolia, Prosopis ruscifolia, Ruprechtia trifolia etc.; inundated savanna; agricultural systems; grazing areas
  Location   24°02' to 24°18'S; 61°15' to 61°49'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   81,000
  Core area(s)   10,000
  Buffer zone(s)   18,000
  Transition area(s) when given   53,000
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +128 to +186
  Year designated   2000
  Administrative authorities   Subsecretário de Recursos Naturales y Ecología
  Brief description  
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   n.a.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
  Contact address   Jorge Neri González
Casa de Gobierno Piso 6
  Telephone   (54.737) 426 465
  Fax   (54.737) 426 465

Last updated: 07/03/2011

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