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Iran

ARASBARAN

 
       
  General Description   This biosphere reserve situated in the north of Iran at the border to Armenia and Azerbaijan belongs to the Caucasus Iranian Highlands. In-between the Caspian, Caucasus and Mediterranean region, the area covers mountains up to 2,200 meters, high alpine meadows, semi-arid steppes, rangelands and forests, rivers and springs.
Arasbaran is the territory of about 23,500 nomads who are mainly living in the buffer and transition zones (2000). Economic activities in the biosphere reserve are mainly agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture, apiculture, handicrafts and tourism, but business activities can also be found in urbanized areas.
  Major ecosystem type   Mixed mountain and highland systems
  Major habitats & land cover types   High alpine meadows; shrub communities; semi-arid steppe
  Location   3840' to 3908'N; 4639' to 4702'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   72,460
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +250 to +2,887
  Year designated   1976
  Administrative authorities   Department of the Environment
 
  Brief description   Research on Caucasian black grouse and other bird species
Predator-prey relationships
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   Birds, ecology.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
 
  Contact address    
Department of the Environment
P.O. Box 15875-5181
 Tehran
Iran
  Telephone   (98.21) 826 99 14
  Fax   (98.21) 826 99 14
  E-mail   mfazel@chamran.ut.ac.ir
 
 
   


Last updated: 2/28/2000

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