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  General Description   Doupkata Biosphere Reserve is situated in the Rhodope Mountains in the Pazardzhik Region in south Bulgaria and covers an area of 1929,3 hectares between 600 and 1350 meters above sea level. It was established in 1956 to protect the beautiful, almost virgin landscape and forests and was declared a biosphere reserve in 1977. The reserve comprises mostly pine forest (Pinus silvestris) with some stands of beech (Fagus sylvatica), silver fir (Abies alba), oak (Quercus dalechampii) and Austrian pine (P. nigra). The fauna is diverse and includes brown bear (Ursus arctos), wild cat (Felis silvestries), pine marten (Martes martes) and chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra). Apart from some selective cutting and fires in the past this site is mostly undisturbed by man. The biosphere reserve is currently under revision.
  Major ecosystem type   Mixed mountain and highland systems
  Major habitats & land cover types   Coniferous (Pinus sylvestris, Picea abies, Abies alba) and deciduous (Fagus sylvatica, Populus tremula, Betula pendula) forests
  Location   4150'N; 2415'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   1,929
  Core area(s)   1,210.4
  Buffer zone(s)   718.9
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +600 to +1,350
  Year designated   1977
  Administrative authorities  
  Brief description  
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   n.a.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
  Contact address   Dimitar Popov
Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water
3, Gurko Str.
4400 Pazardzhik
  Telephone   (359.34) 441 963

Last updated: 04/04/2002

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