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      Biosphere Reserve Information

Czech Republic


  General Description   This biosphere reserve is situated in the western part of the Middle Bohemian range about 16 km west of Prague. It represents a wide variety of broad-leafed and mixed coniferous forest ecosystems, grasslands, pastures, valley meadows, and agricultural land. The core area is used as a hunting area, whereas in the buffer zone and transition area logging, timber processing, charcoal production, manufacturing, light industry and stone extraction as well as tourism take place. The 28,600 inhabitants of the biosphere reserve (1997) are mainly relying on these activities for income.
Krivoklatsko Biosphere Reserve has a research, monitoring and education history dating back to 1979. There is cooperation between the biosphere reserve administration and the forest authorities on the sustainable use of forests. Changes made in forest management towards a species composition with prevailing broad-leafed trees is a good example of sustainable development. The biosphere reserve administration also cooperates closely with non-governmental organizations, local authorities and the Regional Civilian Association for Sustainable Tourism. The project ‘Biosphere reserve as a classroom’ targets school children, students and teachers for environmental education.
  Major ecosystem type   Temperate broadleaf forests or woodlands
  Major habitats & land cover types   River valley; broadleaf forests, mixed coniferous forests with beech (Fagus sp.), sessile and common oak (Quercus spp.), spruce (Picea sp.), pine (Pinus sp.), larch (Larix sp.), yew (Taxus baccata) etc.; woodlands with sweet woodruff (Asperula odorata), buckler fern (Drypoteris carthusiana), male fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) and lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina); dry small treeless islands (“balds”); wet meadows with Siberian flag (Iris sibirica), alpine saw-wort (Serratula tinctoria) and marsh gentian (Gentiana pneumonanthe); grasslands; small patches of alder and willow swamps; agroecosystems of arable land, meadows, pastures, horticulture, orchards and hop gardens
  Location   50°08' 57.99'' N
13°48' 31.88'' E
S 49°51' 21.49'' N
13°45' 47.71'' E
E 50°03' 51.21'' N
14°04' 37.68'' E
W 50°00' 00.21'' N
13°36' 55.13'' E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   62,881
  Core area(s)   9,866
  Buffer zone(s)   19,000
  Transition area(s) when given   34,015
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +217 to +616
  Year designated   1977
  Administrative authorities   Administration of the Krivoklatsko PLA and BR
  Brief description   Soil monitoring
Monitoring of Berounka river flow
Air pollution monitoring
Monitoring of climax forest ecosystems
Moss inventories
Ichthyofauna and macrozoobenthos
Global synecological biomonitoring including permanent plots
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Air quality, hydrology, monitoring/methodologies, pollution, pollutants, soil.
  Biodiversity   Benthos, community studies/communities, ecology, ecosystem assessment, fishes, forest systems, methodologies, plants, species inventorying/inventory.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
  Contact address   Petr Stepanek
Head, Biosphere Reserve Krivoklatsko
Zbecno 5
CZ-270 23 Zbecno
Czech Republic
  Telephone   (420.313) 251 178
  Fax   (42.313) 554 810
  Contact address   Petr Hula
Biosphere Reserve Krivoklatsko
Zbecno 5
CZ-270 23 Zbecno
Czech Republic
  Telephone   (420.313) 251 178
  Fax   (42.313) 554 810

Last updated: 28/02/2007

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