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  General Description   Situated in the Guangdong Province in southern China, this biosphere reserve comprises low mountains and hilly lands of the Dayunwu Mountain Range. The area is mostly covered by (sub-) tropical forest. In contrast to the disturbed surrounding forests, the Dinghushan Biosphere Reserve comprises rare primary forests of at least 400 years age. Dinghushan was China’s first Nature Reserve and had a significant importance in the conservation of the ecosystems over the last 40 years.
The biosphere reserve is also known as a major Buddhist center in South-East Asia. Its shrines attract up to 1 million visitors per year (1997) and many agencies have engaged in tourism in the area. The management of the increasing tourism has created both a challenge and chance for the biosphere reserve. Apart from several hundred seasonal residences, there are no permanent inhabitants within the biosphere reserve (1997). Within the nature reserve, research has been carried out since the 1950s and education programmes for students take place.
  Major ecosystem type   Tropical humid forest
  Major habitats & land cover types   Lower sub-tropical evergreen broadleaf forest with Castanopsis chinensis, Schima superba, Cryptocarya concinna, C. chinensis and Machilus chinensis; agroecosystems
  Location   23°10' to 23°11'N; 112°31' to 112°34'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   1,133
  Core area(s)   625,1
  Buffer zone(s)   350.3
  Transition area(s) when given   158
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +100 to +1,000
  Year designated   1979
  Administrative authorities   Dinghushan Arboretum Dinghushan Coordinate Agency of Guangdong Province National administration bureau for the reserve
  Brief description   Monitoring of global change
Monitoring of "green house" gas
Monitoring biodiversity dynamics
Structure and functioning of subtropical forest ecosystems
Monitoring of biodiversity to determine human impacts on
forest ecosystems and the related environmental carrying capacity of these systems, and to probe the global change and its effects on forest ecosystems in the biosphere reserve
Mapping of the different zones of the biosphere reserve
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Climate, global change, monitoring/methodologies.
  Biodiversity   Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning/ecosystem structure, forest systems, methodologies, sub-tropical and temperate rainforest/sub-tropical forest.
  Socio-economic   Tourism.
  Integrated monitoring   Carrying capacity/Sustainability, impact and risk studies/environmental impact, mapping, planning and zoning measures/zonation.
  Contact address   Wang Haojie
Dinghushan Biosphere Reserve
510650 Guangdong
  Telephone   (86.758) 262 1169
(86.758) 262 1116
  Fax   (86.758) 262 3242

Last updated: 10/12/2007

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