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  General Description   Samba Dia Biosphere Reserve is located at the Atlantic coast within the West African woodland savanna. The flat plain is only 5-10 meters above sea level and contains one of the best remaining stands of the once widespread Borassus aethiopum communities. In addition to these palm stands, there are populations of Acacia seyal, Combretum glutinosum and Anogeissus leiocarpus.
People mostly rely on agriculture, livestock raising and gathering of forest resources. The Borassus forest is mainly threatened because agriculture and pastures lands are not sufficient to support the inhabitants of the biosphere reserve who also collect fuel wood in the forest. A study on the rehabilitation of the forest has been carried out in order to protect the biodiversity in the area.
  Major ecosystem type   Tropical dry or deciduous forest
  Major habitats & land cover types   Coastal zone forest dominated by Borassus aethiopum and with Acacia seyal, Combretum glutinosum and Anogeissus leiocarpus; sahelo-sudanian savanna characterized by Acacia seyal, A. senegal, A. albida, Borassus flabellifer, Detarium microcarpum etc.; agroecosystems
  Location   14°08'N; 16°45'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   756
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +5 to +10
  Year designated   1979
  Administrative authorities   Service forestier Collectivités locales
  Brief description   Inventory of mammals, birds and plants
Mapping of the different biosphere reserve zones
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   Birds, mammals, plants.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   Mapping, planning and zoning measures/zonation.
  Contact address   Malang Kidiera
Inspecteur Régional des Eaux et Forêts de Fatick
Gestionnaire de la RB de Samba DIA
  Telephone   (221) 33 9491372

Last updated: 23/10/2007

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