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  General Description   This biosphere reserve is part of the eastern extension of the Tibetan plateau ranging from 2,200 to 6,032 m a.s.l. The area is not only noted for its high biological diversity, but also for its associated cultural values as three sacred mountains are located within the area. The local inhabitants observe the custom of revering nature and preserving the environment of the sacred mountains. Attention is given to the protection of some 20 rare animal species in the area, including leopards, black bears, Asian golden cats, golden pheasants etc. The Kangba-Tibetan ethnic group accounts for 90% of the total population of the biosphere reserve, which practise shamanism or adhere to five different sects of Tibetan Buddhism. The multitude of temples combined with the scenic beauty make this area an interesting tourist destination. Research focuses on botany, zoology, climate, land forms, and more recently, on human-environment interactions in connection with increasing tourism.
  Major ecosystem type   Upland plateau, Oriental Deciduous forest. Temperate Coniferous Forest, Open Forest Biorealm
  Major habitats & land cover types   Sub-alpine forests, Alpine deciduous forests, Hard-leaf evergreen broad-leaf forests, poplar birch forests and small leaf forests, Alpine bush grassland
  Location   9958 10028 E
2811 2834 N
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   381,506
  Core area(s)   72,600
  Buffer zone(s)   42,500
  Transition area(s) when given   266,406
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   2,200 6,032 m
  Year designated   2003
  Administrative authorities   Yading National Nature Reserve Administration State Environmental Protection Administration (PRC) Sichuan Environmental Protection Bureau
  Brief description   Development of agriculture through management planning
Geological survey in the region in order to promote education for preventing geological disasters
Study of the distribution of rare plants and rare animals
Assessment and development of cultural resources and tourism issues
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Geology, soil.
  Biodiversity   Fauna, flora, natural resources, plants, rare/endangered/threatened species, species inventorying/inventory, taxonomy, temperate forest, vegetation studies/plant cover.
  Socio-economic   Agriculture/Production systems, cultural aspects, tourism.
  Integrated monitoring   Ecosystem approach, education and public awareness.
  Contact address   Liu Ning
Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve Administrative Bureau
No.1 Bei Street, Jin town, Daocheng County
627 750 Daocheng (Sichuan)
  Telephone   (86-836) 572 8125
  Fax   (86-836) 572 8125

Last updated: 13/12/2007

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