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      Biosphere Reserve Information

Russian Federation


  General Description   This biosphere reserve is divided from south to north by Yenisey River, with Siberian lowland to its west and the more elevated Siberian Plateau to its east. The river itself is 2-3 km wide, while the valley extends over 8-10 km. The glacial plain in the west is characterized by swamps and slow rivers, while to the east rivers are steep and swift. The biosphere reserve contains representatives of all taiga ecosystems for Central Siberia. The flora is typical of the middle taiga sub-zone with Pinus sibirica and Larix spp. as predominant species.
The upper parts of the plateau are forest-free and dominated by mountain tundra and golets - bare rocky caps with sparse alpine or tundra vegetation. Among 40 species of mammals live in the area including sable (Martes zibellina), elk (Alces alces), bear (Ursus arctos), badger (Meles meles), otter (Lutra lutra) and lynx (Felis lynx).
The harsh climate of Siberia has always limited people's development in the region. The core area is totally free from modification by man. The territory to the south of the core area is inhabited by the Kets, whose main occupations are hunting and fishing, while to the north live the Evenks. Their main occupations are hunting and reindeer husbandry. The rest of the reserve is inhabited by Russians, most of them living in the area for generations. Their occupations, besides hunting and fishing, include forestry and agriculture. Integrated ecological research on soil, vegetation and animal populations has been conducted in the core area since 1969. Detailed inventories of flora, fauna and soil are of first priority in the research program.
  Major ecosystem type   Boreal needleleaf forests or woodlands
  Major habitats & land cover types   Taiga sub-zone dominated by Pinus sibirica and Larix tremula and with other common species such as Picea sp., Abies sp., Pinus sp., Betula sp. and Populus tremula
  Location   60°55' to 63°15'N; 84°15' to 92°30'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   5,288,849
  Core area(s)   1,018,849
  Buffer zone(s)   270,000 (of which 120,000 is a research zone)
  Transition area(s) when given   4,000,000
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +80 to +500
  Year designated   1986
  Administrative authorities   Director of Tsentral’nosibirskiy Zapovednik, reporting to the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation
  Brief description   Inventory and ecology of soil, vegetation and animal populations
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Soil.
  Biodiversity   Ecology, fauna, population genetics/population dynamics, vegetation studies/plant cover.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
  Contact address   A. V. Sapogov
Tzentralnosibirskii Biosphere Reserve
Settlement Bor - Turukhanskiy Rayon
663246 Krasnoyarskiy Kray
Russian Federation

Last updated: 13/12/2007

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