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  General Description   The Reserve is located in the physiographic province “Llanura Costera del Golfo Sur” and the subprovince “Llanuras y Pantanos Tabasqueños”; here predominates the topographic formations of barrier plain (beaches) towards the coast, and over all the coastal floodplain. They are originated by the mouth of the Grijalva and Usumacinta Rivers.
Due to the wide vegetation coverage, Pantanos de Centla Biosphere Reserve (RBPC) is a potentially important area for the extraction of carbon. Currently, the Reserve safeguards 569 identified flora species, distributed among 118 families grouped in 8 main associations both monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous from the aquatic and terrestrial systems. These eight associations are a) hydrophyte communities (they occupy more than a third part of the Pantanos de Centla region, which makes them the best-developed and most extended formations within its boundaries, besides, it is estimated that the surface occupied by this type of vegetation in Pantanos de Centla Biosphere Reserve represents 11.27 % of the surface reported for Mexico; b) and c) the middle and low semi-evergreen gregorywood (Bucida buceras) and logwood (Haematoxylon campechianum) forests respectively, are found in the area as wide strips, patches and islets among the aquatic vegetation that borders them naturally; for their economic importance, the most significant species from these two associations are: hog plum, yellow mombin (Spondias mombin), pink trumpet-tree (Tabebuia rosea), cabbage-bark (Lonchocarpus hondurensis), bitter wood (Vatairea lundelii), gumbo limbo (Bursera simaruba), barí (Callophyllum brasiliensis), mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), cedar (Cedrella odorata), among others.
The main economic activity of its inhabitants is coast fisheries, with production volumes that represent 19 % of all the production of the entity, stressing the use of the Cichlidae family and the lizardfish. They also use approximately 200 plant species and in order to fill their protein needs, they use the fauna that the local area offers, species such as chelonia, some anatidae, mammals like the Tepezcuintle, armadillo, deer, among others. Another important activity is backyard or crops where they develop poultry, agriculture and livestock activities (the main species are fowl, pig and cattle, corn, beans, pumpkin, banana, tomato, chili, cassava, sweet potato, melon, lemon, orange, spices, among others). Also, 21% of the gas taken from the Southeastern area of the country, is taken from this area.
  Major ecosystem type   Middle altitude semi-evergreen of gregorywood (Bucida buceras) Low semi-evergreen of logwood (Haematoxylon campechianum), Everglades palms
(Acoelorrhaphe wrightii ), Rio Grande palmetto (Sabal mexicana)
  Major habitats & land cover types   A. Hydrophyte communities
1) Emerging Hydrophytes Association
2) Floating Hydrophytes Association
3) Sub-aquatic (not cartographed)
B. Middle Semi-evergreen forest of Bucida buceras (gregorywood)
C. Low semi-evergreen forest of Haematoxylon campechianum (logwood)
D. Mangrove
E. Thicket of Dalbergia brownii (Brown’s Indian Rosewood)
F. Palms of Acoelorraphe wrightii (Everglades palm)*
G. Palms of Sabal mexicana (Rio Grande palmetto)*
H. Riparian vegetation*
I. Crops and pasturefields
  Location   17° 57' 53" - 18° 39' 03" latitude N; 92° 06' 39" - 92° 47' 58" longitude W.
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   302,706
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)  
  Year designated   2006
  Administrative authorities   Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas
  Brief description   At present, a fund is being promoted to supporting basic priority researches, which are integrated and of technological validation on the Reserve’s management, trying to systematize and diffuse the results of researches and monitoring among the different users. It is also intended to design and operate a monitoring network of water quality as well as other physical, biological and social elements within the reserve, which allow to know the behaviour of these elements during the time.
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Abiotic factors, air quality, air temperature, climate, contaminants, erosion, geomorphology, habitat, heavy metals, hydrology, indicators, nutrients, siltation/sedimentation, soil, topography, toxicology/toxic substances.
  Biodiversity   Algae, amphibians, benthos, biodiversity, biogeography, biology, biotechnology, birds, coastal/marine, community studies/communities, conservation, degraded areas, ecosystem assessment, ecosystem functioning/ecosystem structure, ecotone, endemic species, fauna, fires/fire ecology, fishes, flora, forest systems, freshwater/inland water, genetic resources, indicators, invertebrates/insects/spiders, lagoon systems, lichens, mammals, microorganisms, migrating populations/migration, modelling, monitoring/methodologies, natural medicinal products, natural resources, perturbations/resilience/vulnerability, phytosociology/succession, plankton, plants, pollination, productivity, rare/endangered/threatened species, reintroduction, reptiles, restoration/rehabilitation/redevelopment, species inventorying/inventory, taxonomy, temperate forest, tropical humid forest, vegetation studies/plant cover, wetlands, wildlife.
  Socio-economic   Agriculture/Production systems, agroforestry, anthropological studies/anthropology, aquaculture/mariculture, capacity building, cottage industry/artisanal industry, cultural aspects, demography, economic studies, economically important species, fishery/fisheries, forestry, human health, human migration/population exodus, indicators, indicators of sustainability, industry, livestock and related impacts/overgrazing, local participation, micro-credits, modelling, monitoring methodologies, non-timber forest products/ntfp, pastoralism/pastoralists/grazing, people-nature relations/man/nature, poverty, quality economies, recreation, resource use, role of women/gender, sacred sites, small business initiatives, social/socio-economic aspects, stakeholders' interests, tourism, traditional practices/ethnology/traditional knowledge, transport.
  Integrated monitoring   Biogeochemistry, carrying capacity/sustainability, conflict, ecosystem approach, education and public awareness, environmental change, environmental quality, geographic information system/gis, impact and risk studies/environmental impact, indicators, infrastructure, institutional and legal aspects, integrated studies/interdisciplinaty, interdisciplinary studies, land tenure, land use/land cover, landscape inventorying/monitoring, management issues, mapping, modelling, monitoring/methodologies, planning and zoning measures/zonation, policy issues, remote sensing, rural systems, sustainable development/sustainable use, urban systems/towns/cities.
  Contact address   Carlos Agustín Bautista Jiménez
Av. Paseo de la Sierra No. 613. Col. Reforma. Villahermosa
86080 Tabasco
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Last updated: 08/03/2011

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