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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  General Description   Situated along the banks of the Ivindo River, Ipassa-Makokou Biosphere Reserve represents an example of the dense tropical rainforest of the Congo-Guinean phytogeographic region. The biosphere reserve is Gabon’s only area where no forest exploitation takes place thus the core area is in a relatively pristine state. Within the 15,000 hectares of the biosphere reserve, more than 2,000 plant species and 600 species of mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians and birds have been recorded. Among the most threatened plant species are Ardisia belingensis and Rhaptopetalum belingensis.
No people are living within the biosphere reserve. However, many villages are located along the southern bank of the Ivindo River. The main human activities include traditional agriculture, stock raising and the use of forest resources. The core area is exceptionally well studied since long-term monitoring plots have been set up in 1963. There is a functioning research station in the area. Studies have also been carried out on agroforestry.
  Major ecosystem type   Tropical humid forests
  Major habitats & land cover types   Tropical humid forest including Polyalthia suaveolens, Scyphocephalium ochocoa, Panda oleosa, Plagiostyles africana, Dacryodes buettneri etc.; agroecosystems
  Location   0°31'N; 12°48'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   15,000
  Core area(s)   10,000
  Buffer zone(s)   2,500
  Transition area(s) when given   2,500
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +450 to +500
  Year designated   1983
  Administrative authorities   Ministère des Eaux et Forêts
  Brief description   Meteorological parameters
Animal and plant population dynamics
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Meteorology.
  Biodiversity   Fauna, plants, population genetics/population dynamics.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
  Contact address   Alain Mougougou

  Telephone   (241) 07 38 07 00

Last updated: 08/10/2007

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