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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  General Description   This biosphere reserve is situated about 135 km north-east of Lagos in the south of Nigeria. Major habitats are dry evergreen mixed deciduous forests in the north and wet evergreen forests in the south. However, plantations and agricultural land can also be found. Main plant species of the area are for instance Diospyros spp., Dracaena manni, Khaya ivorensis and Cordia millenii. Animal species include the grasscutter (Thryonomys swinderianus), the pangolin (Manis tetradactyla), the tree hydrax (Dendrohyrax arborea) and the elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis).
About 6,000 people live within the biosphere reserve boundaries (1998). Their major economic activities are taking place in the transition area: timber exploitation, fuelwood harvesting, cultivation of arable crops, establishing plantations of indigenous and exotic tree species, hunting and fishing. Loss of biodiversity and soil erosion are the main threats to the biosphere reserve. There are several research programmes in place such as climatic measurements and soil changes with different land use practices, bio-productivity studies, and indigenous knowledge and practise in hunting and fishing as well as the utilisation of non-timber forest products.
  Major ecosystem type   Tropical humid forests
  Major habitats & land cover types   Moist lowland evergreen forest including Diospyros spp., Strombosia pustulata, Scottellia coriacea, Octolobus angustatus etc.; broken forest with Uvaria spp., Terminalia superba, Nauclea diderrichii etc.; less disturbed, high forest with Nauclea diderrichii, Brachystegia nigerica, Guibourtia ehie etc.; dry evergreen mixed deciduous forest; marshlands with Anthonotha macrophylla, Grewia coriacea and Spondianthus preussii; plantations with Gmelina arborea, Pinus caribaea, Cola sp. and Theobroma cacao species; agroecosystems with cash crops and arables; residential areas
  Location   0635' to 0705'N; 0419' to 0440'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   130,600
  Core area(s)   800
  Buffer zone(s)   14,200
  Transition area(s) when given   115,600
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +15 to +150
  Year designated   1977
  Administrative authorities   Omo Strict Natural Reserve Department of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture, Abeokuta Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN)
  Brief description   Climatic measurements and soil changes with different land
use practises
Regeneration counts
Bio-productivity studies
Indigenous knowledge and practise in hunting and fishing
Utilization of non-wood products
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Climate, soil.
  Biodiversity   Productivity.
  Socio-economic   Fishery/Fisheries, hunting, non-timber forest products/ntfp, resource use, traditional practices/ethnology/traditional knowledge.
  Integrated monitoring   Land use/Land cover.

Last updated: 30/08/2001

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