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  General Description   Pilis Biosphere Reserve is situated to the north of Budapest, bordered by the Danube River to the north and east, and by the Vörösvár Valley in the southwest. Geologically, the territory comprises two parts: the eastern and southern areas are part of the sedimentary rocks of the Pilis Mountains. The rest belongs to the volcanic ranges of the Szentendre-Visegrád Mountains. Dense oak and beech forests almost completely cover the area.
The biosphere reserve is a popular recreation area for visitors from Budapest. Apart from tourism, agriculture and forestry are major economic activities in the area.
  Major ecosystem type   Temperate broad-leaf forest
  Major habitats & land cover types  
  Location   47°45'N; 18°49'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   23,000
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +106 to +757
  Year designated   1980
  Administrative authorities  
  Brief description   Meteorological monitoring
Impact of tourism/land uses on forests, aquatic resources, and soils
Environmental education
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Meteorology, monitoring/methodologies, soil.
  Biodiversity   Forest systems, natural resources.
  Socio-economic   Tourism.
  Integrated monitoring   Education and public awareness, impact and risk studies/environmental impact, land use/land cover.
  Contact address   Rozália Érdine
Head of Department for Nature Conservation, State Secretary for Nature Protection
Ministry of Environment and Water, Fo utca 44-50
H-1011 Budapest
  Telephone   (36 1) 457 3488
  Fax   (36 1) 201 2617

Last updated: 30/08/2001

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