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  General Description   The Laguna Oca del Río Paraguay Biosphere Reserve is located in Formosa Province in northern Argentina. The natural vegetation of the reserve comprises gallery forests, wetlands and savannas along the meanders and oxbow lakes of the Paraguay River. The gallery forests are densely structured presenting a high biodiversity with abundant epiphytes, lianas and orchids. Numerous threatened animal species such as the Brazilian caiman (Caiman latirotris), spectacled caiman (C. cocodrilus), yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus), neotropical river otter (Lontra longicaudis), oncilla (Leopardus tigrina), ocelot (L. pardalis) and the Eyra cat (Herpailurus yagouaroundi) can be found here. About 17,000 people live in the biosphere reserve (2002). The main economic activities are extensive, low-impact cattle raising, ecotourism and horticulture. In order to conserve its natural beauty the Biosphere Reserves promotes, numerous sustainable use activities such as floriculture, worm-culture, frog-raising, apiculture, ceramics and handicrafts, wild animal farming and pisciculture.
  Major ecosystem type   Subtropical river systems and wetlands
  Major habitats & land cover types   Flooded riverine forest; non-flooded riverine forest; inundated riverine shrubland; fluvial-lacustrine ecosystems; seasonally flooded dry river banks and courses; cultivated hilly terrain; flooded terraces with palm-shrubland vegetation; horticulture and fructiculture; leisure and recreation areas; plant nurseries; floriculture; lombriculture; livestock production; game farming; raniculture; pisciculture research and development areas
  Location   26°07' to 26°22'S; 58°05' to 58°17'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   10,000
  Core area(s)   635
  Buffer zone(s)   925
  Transition area(s) when given   8,440
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +61 to +66
  Year designated   2001
  Administrative authorities   Coordinador Ejecutivo de la Unidad Central de Administración de Programas (UCAP)
  Brief description  
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   n.a.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
  Contact address   Susana De Fátima Fourcans
Unidad Central de Administración de Programas (UCAP)
Belgrano Nº 878 - Piso 4 - Casa de Gobierno
3600 Formosa
  Telephone   (54.3717) 434 883
  Fax   (54.3717) 434 883
(54.3717) 434 400

Last updated: 07/03/2011

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