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      Biosphere Reserve Information



© Photo: Charles Roberge
  General Description   Situated some 80 km east of Quebec City, Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve borders the Saint Lawrence River to the north. Extending from 5 to 1,150 meters above sea level, the area comprises agricultural areas, river ecosystems, estuarine tidal marshes and flats, coniferous and mixed forests, stunted vegetation (krummholz) and mountain tundra ecosystems.
About 30,000 people live in the biosphere reserve (1988), which covers 457,000 hectares. In former times, the population of Charlevoix used to rely on the river and the sea, for example on coastal navigation, marine constructions and fisheries (e.g. beluga, eel). Today, the economic landscape has diversified and major factors in the local economy are now forestry, silica mining, agriculture and tourism. The forest education centre ‘Les Palissades’ or the ecological center ‘Port-au-Saumon’ are important institutions for environmental education in the area. A five-year action plan (1999-2003) currently tries to promote the divers goals of a biosphere reserve.
  Major ecosystem type   Boreal needleleaf forests or woodlands
  Major habitats & land cover types   Maple forests including paper birch (Betula papyriferae), alder (Alnus spp.) and elm (Ulmus spp.) and with an understory of sumac (Rhus typhina), Acer pensylvanicum and Cornus alternifolia; mixed fir (Abies sp.) forest with Corylus cornuta, Sambucus pubens and Taxus canadensis; boreal forests up to an altitude of 300m with fir and spruce (Picea spp.); estuarine tidal marsh and flats dominated by Scirpus americanus meadows including Zizania palustris, Sagittaria cuneata and S. latifolia; tundra with ericaceous zones consisting of Kalmia spp., Ledum groenlandicum; stunted vegetation community (krummolz) with Picea mariana and Abies balsamea; agroecosystems with cereals, fruits and legumes; river ecosystems
  Location   47°15' to 48°05'N; 69°55' to 71°10'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   560,000
  Core area(s)   65,000
  Buffer zone(s)   495,000
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   0 to +1,170
  Year designated   1988
  Administrative authorities   Corporation de la reserve mondiale de la biosphere de Charlevoix
  Brief description   Atmospheric pollution
Geology and geomorphology
Soil utilization
Aquatic ecosystems (integrated)
Biological inventory (fish, mammals, invertebrates, plants)
Avian and mammalian population dynamics
Long-term ecological monitoring
Multidisciplinary ecosystem characterization
Reintroduction/rehabilitation of species
Breeding/cultivation programmes
Silvicultural/forest management
Mapping of the different zones of the biosphere reserve
Indicators of sustainability relevant to economic activities: at agricultural and forestry level
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Acidic deposition/Acid rain, geology, geomorphology, pollution, pollutants, soil.
  Biodiversity   Birds, ecology, ecosystem assessment, fishes, invertebrates/insects/spiders, mammals, methodologies, plants, population genetics/population dynamics, reintroduction, restoration/rehabilitation/redevelopment, species inventorying/inventory.
  Socio-economic   Agriculture/Production systems, forestry, indicators of sustainability, traditional practices/ethnology/traditional knowledge.
  Integrated monitoring   Integrated studies/Interdisciplinaty, interdisciplinary studies, management issues, mapping, planning and zoning measures/zonation.
  Contact address   Charles Roberge
Réserve de la biosphère de Charlevoix
15, rue des Battures
  Telephone   (1.418) 665 4436
  Fax   (1.418) 439 1228

Last updated: 26/02/2007

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