|Biosphere Reserve Information|
The Kavir Biosphere Reserve is located – together with the Touran biosphere reserve - in the Anatolian Iranian Desert. The Kavir plain mainly covers flood plains and low mountain ranges. Apart from arid and semi-arid desert vegetation, steppe communities, salted and sandy lands are characteristical for the biosphere reserve.
Including nomads, there are about 35,000 people living in the biosphere reserve (2002) belonging to different tribes. Seasonal grazing by nomads’ livestock takes place in the core area. Due to the unfavorable climate conditions, there are no economic activities in the buffer zone, however grazing, agriculture, horticulture and handicrafts are important sources of income in the transition area.
|Major ecosystem type||Cold-winter deserts and semi-deserts|
|Major habitats & land cover types||Desert with genera such as Artemisia, Astragalus, Pteropyrum, Zygophyllum and Amygdalus; desert with lighter soil dominated by Haloxylon ammodendron and Aristida spp.; desert with saline soils dominated by Alhagi spp., Suaeda spp., Seidlitzia spp. and Tamarix spp.|
|Location||34°17' to 35°12'N; 51°25' to 53°04'E|
|Transition area(s) when given|
|Altitude (metres above sea level)||+609 to +2,015|
|Administrative authorities||Department of the Environment|
Kavir National Park Integrated Management Plan
|Integrated monitoring||Management issues.|
Department of the Environment
P.O. Box 15875-5181
|Telephone||(98.21) 826 99 14|
|Fax||(98.21) 826 99 14|
|Last updated: 2/28/2000|