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  General Description   Chebaling Reserve has the geological structure of Huanan fold, with the terrain downgrading from the northwest to the southeast. The highest mountain Tianpingjia is with an elevation of 1256 meters and the lowest Zhangdongshui is with 330 meters. The Reserve locates in the south foot of Nanlin Mountain, and the region belongs to the subtropical monsoon area with a distinct seasonal variation of continental and marine climate. There are lots of crisscross streams in the Reserve, among which, the Hengdu River and Zhangdongshui River are the main upstream branches penetrating through the entire reserve with flowing water throughout the year.

There are 8 natural villages within Chebaling Reserve, with 203 household and a population of 1027. The ethnic groups of Yao and Han live together, and the population of Yao is 818. Local habitants used to rely heavily on mountain resources, such as logging and hunting; nowadays, the habitants of Duheng transition area of the proposed Chebaling Biosphere Reserve are mainly Hakaa people with a population of 5804. There are 3 administrative villages in the area with 42 villagers’ groups, namely, Dashui village committee, Peace village committee, Taoyuan village committee.
  Major ecosystem type   Mid-subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forest
  Major habitats & land cover types   Subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forest
Subtropical needle and broad-leaved mixed forest
Subtropical coniferous forest, bamboo forest
Shrubbery grass slope and Farmland
  Location   24 °40´29" ~24 °46´21" N and 114°07´39" ~114 °16´46" E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   7,545
  Core area(s)   2512.49
  Buffer zone(s)   2331.41
  Transition area(s) when given   2701.10
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   330 metres~1256 (top of the mountain) metres
  Year designated   2007
  Administrative authorities   Guangdong Chebaling National Nature Reserve Administration
  Brief description   The on-going research activities: Studies on ecotourism monitoring and community co-management of Chebaling Nature Reserve; Study on eumycete resource of Chebaling Nature Reserve; study on Panthera tigris monitoring of Chebaling Nature Reserve; study on Gorsachius magnificus monitoring of Chebaling Nature Reserve; study on fixed demo-site of ecological succession of forest.
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Abiotic factors, acidic deposition/acid rain, climate, erosion, geomorphology, global change, groundwater, habitat, pollution, pollutants.
  Biodiversity   Afforestation/Reforestation, biodiversity, biology, birds, boreal forest, conservation, degraded areas, ecology, ecosystem assessment, ecosystem functioning/ecosystem structure, ethology, fishes, flora, forest systems, natural medicinal products, natural resources, perturbations/resilience/vulnerability, plants, restoration/rehabilitation/redevelopment, tropical humid forest, vegetation studies/plant cover, wetlands, wildlife.
  Socio-economic   Agriculture/Production systems, agroforestry, aquaculture/mariculture, capacity building, cultural aspects, fishery/fisheries, hunting, indicators of sustainability, livelihood measures, livestock and related impacts/overgrazing, local participation, monitoring methodologies, natural hazards, pastoralism/pastoralists/grazing, people-nature relations/man/nature, poverty, quality economies, recreation, resource use, small business initiatives, social/socio-economic aspects, stakeholders' interests, tourism.
  Integrated monitoring   Biogeochemistry, ecosystem approach, education and public awareness, environmental change, impact and risk studies/environmental impact, indicators, integrated studies/interdisciplinaty, interdisciplinary studies, policy issues, rural systems, sustainable development/sustainable use.
  Contact address    
Guangdong Chebaling National Nature Reserve Administration
Shixing County 512500
 Guangdong Province
  Web site

Last updated: 23/11/2007

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