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  General Description   This biosphere reserve is situated in the Tuamotu Archipelago some 540 km north-east of Tahiti. Taiaro is an atoll, a ring-shaped island built up on an ancient volcano that has sunk into the ocean due to the drift of the Pacific Ocean floor. Taiaro is only visible because of the rim of coral that forms a barrier reef 5 km in diameter around the original volcano. Unlike the other 420 atolls listed throughout the world, the inner lagoon is completely closed and therefore has exceptional characteristics, as yet little studied.
The number of visitors to this area is quite low due to the geographical isolation and lack of infrastructure in the area. Tourist activities include diving, camping, hiking, sailing, watersking, fishing and hunting.
This biosphere reserve is currently under revision. One alternative is to expand the reserve to cover six other inhabited atolls of the Fakarava Municipality.
  Major ecosystem type   Atoll - Coral Reef
  Major habitats & land cover types  
  Location   15°44'S; 144°38'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   930
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +3 to +4
  Year designated   1977
  Administrative authorities   Délégation à l’Environnement Ministère de l’Environnement, Papete French Polynesia
  Brief description   Biological inventory of atoll and lagoon ecosystems
Monitoring of lagoon environment of Taiaro
Indicators of sustainability relevant to economic activities:
Studies of fish caught for commercial use by local inhabitants; studies on carrying capacity of lagoons for pearl oysters and their harvesting; monitoring of pearl oyster translocations
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   Biology, coral reefs, lagoon systems, methodologies.
  Socio-economic   Aquaculture/Mariculture, fishery/fisheries, indicators of sustainability, resource use.
  Integrated monitoring   Carrying capacity/Sustainability.
  Contact address   Ato Lissant
Association de la réserve de biosphère de la commune de Fakarava
Mairie de Fakarava

Last updated: 28/01/2008

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