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  General Description   This biosphere reserve is situated in north-west Ukraine, some 160 km north-west of the city of Lutsk and adjacent to Poland’s West Polesie Biosphere Reserve. Both biosphere reserves feature a unique landscape of rivers, lakes, moors and forests. Shatskiy comprises a Ramsar site (Shatsk Lakes) which is an important moulting, migrating and wintering area for waterfowls.
12,160 people live in the transition area of the biosphere reserve (2001) and are mainly engaged in agriculture, tourism and services. The whole area is a melting pot of inhabitants of different cultures, nationalities and religions. About 100,000 tourists annually come to visit the area (2001). It is hoped that the biosphere reserve concept will help to create opportunities to develop this sparsely populated area which is currently under big social and economic change. However, at the same time, local communities are interested in an economic development that is balanced with the conservation objectives of the biosphere reserve. The longer-term aim is to merge Poland’s West Polesie and Shatskiy Biosphere Reserve to a transboundary biosphere reserve.
  Major ecosystem type   Temperate and sub-polar broadleaf forests or woodlands, including freshwater lakes
  Major habitats & land cover types   Pine forest characterized by Pinus sylvestris, Calluna vulgaris, Betula pendula etc.; mixed forest with Quercus robur, Pinus sylvestris, Betula pendula etc.; alder forest dominated by Alnus glutinosa, Alnetum urticosum, Frangula alnus etc.; herbaceous swamps with Phragmites australis, Typha latifolia, Carex acuta; Sphagnum bogs with Sphagnum falax, S. magellanicum and S. flexuosum as well as Pinus sylvestris, Betula pubescens and Drosera anglica; meadow with Festuca pratensis, Poa pratensis, Briza media, Deschampsia caespitosa; lakes and small rivers including Typha angustifolia, Glyceria maxima, Schoenoplectus lacustris etc.
  Location   51°18' to 51°41'N; 23°28' to 24°09'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   48,977
  Core area(s)   4,805
  Buffer zone(s)   12,325
  Transition area(s) when given   31,847
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +161.2 to +178
  Year designated   2002
  Administrative authorities   Scientific-Technical Council of the Shatskyi National Nature Park
  Brief description   Abiotic research and monitoring:
Meteorological observations (monitoring)
Hydrological observations on Shatsk lakes
Biotic research and monitoring:
Annual phenological observations
Inventory of fauna and flora
Mapping distribution of the populations of rare and endangered species of plants and animals
Monitoring the state of rare and endangered vascular plant species populations
Monitoring vegetation dynamics
Monitoring the state of mammals and birds
Restoration of wetlands
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Hydrology, meteorology, monitoring/methodologies.
  Biodiversity   Birds, fauna, flora, freshwater/inland water, mammals, methodologies, phenology, plants, rare/endangered/threatened species, restoration/rehabilitation/redevelopment, species inventorying/inventory, vegetation studies/plant cover, wetlands.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   Mapping, monitoring/methodologies.
  Contact address   Volodymyr Nayda
Director, Shatskyi Biosphere Reserve
v.Svitiaz, 44021
 Volynska Oblast
  Telephone   (380) 3355 23 0 43
  Fax   (380) 3355 23 0 43

Last updated: 28/02/2007

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