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  General Description   Baishuijiang Biosphere Reserve is located in the Wenxian County of Gansu Province. One of the primary aims of this biosphere reserve is the conservation of the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), and Baishuijiang is one of the regions with the highest Panda populations in China. The area is also important from a biodiversity perspective since it offers a large variance of elevations including evergreen broad-leaved forests and alpine meadows.
There are 15 villages and small towns with some 100,000 people in the transition area (1999). The majority of the people are of Han nationality. However, Tibetans and Hui also live in the biosphere reserve. The main economic activity is agriculture and the average income is very low. This gives rise to a conflict between the use of the natural resources and conservation. One of the goals within the biosphere reserve is therefore to help local communities expand the local economy, to develop eco-forestry and agro-forestry as alternative ways of subsistence, and also to develop the infrastructure in the region.
  Major ecosystem type   Mixed mountain and highland systems
  Major habitats & land cover types   Evergreen broadleaf forest and evergreen deciduous broadleaf mixed forest dominated by Cinnamomum longepaniculatum, Lindera megaphylla, Populus adenopoda, Quercus acutissima and Q. engleriana; deciduous broadleaf forest dominated by Quercus spinosa and with Q. variabilis and Q. acutiserrata; needle and broadleaf mixed forest characterized by Betula albo-sinensis and Tsuga chinensis communities, B. platyphylla and Picea brachtyla communities and B. albo-sinensis and Pinus armandii communities; needleleaf forest with Abies fargesii, A. Abies chensiensis, Picea brachytyla, Fargesia denudata and Rhododendron przewalskii; agroecosystems, grazing areas; forestry systems; residential areas
  Location   3216' to 3315'N; 10416' to 10527'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   213,750
  Core area(s)   97,329
  Buffer zone(s)   17,018
  Transition area(s) when given   99,403
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +595 to +4,072
  Year designated   2000
  Administrative authorities   Baishuijiang National Reserve Administrative Bureau in Gansu Province
  Brief description   Natural resources evaluation
Research on the habitats and population monitoring of the Giant panda
Endangered plants
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Habitat.
  Biodiversity   Mammals, methodologies, natural resources, plants, population genetics/population dynamics, rare/endangered/threatened species.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
  Contact address   Huang Chenxiang
Baishuijiang National Reserve Administrative Bureau
Xincheng Nanjie - Wenxian County
746400 Gansu Province
  Telephone   (86.939) 552 3840
  Fax   (86.939) 552 2641
  Web site

Last updated: 12/12/2007

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