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      Biosphere Reserve Information

Russian Federation


  General Description   Taimyrsky Biosphere Reserve is located in the northern Siberian lowlands on the Taimyr Peninsula. The site is a cluster biosphere reserve with three core areas (one covering part of Lake Taimyr), each with a relatively narrow surrounding buffer zone, and which are protected collectively as the Taimyr State Reserve. The area represents a highly important breeding site for birds in the northern part of the East Atlantic flyway. The biosphere reserve covers pristine tundra and steppe habitats as well as the northernmost forest communities with larch and dwarf birch.
Some 3,600 people of six ethnic groups live within the biosphere reserve (1994) who make their living from trapping, fishing and reindeer husbandry. The biosphere reserve aims to enhance their traditional culture and protect their landscape from mining, logging and hunting pressures. There are good records of ecological research and monitoring of vegetation dynamics and air and water pollution in the area.
  Major ecosystem type   Tundra communities and barren Arctic deserts (north boundary of forest-tundra and mountain tundra); Pronchisheva Bay aquatory
  Major habitats & land cover types   Tundra and bog plains comprised of Dryas punctata, Carex arctisibirica, C. stans, Eriophorum polystachion, Salix reptans etc.; tundra with Carex rupestris, C. misandra, Salix polaris, Novosieversia glacialis etc.; larch (Larix sp.) forests with dwarf birch (Betula nana) forests with Eriophorum vaginatum, Carex vaginata, Salix glauca, Duscheckia fruticosa etc.
  Location   Main core area: 7301' to 7435'N; 9547' to 10118'E
Ary-Mas unit: 7221' to 7228'N; 10137' to 10219'E
Lukunsky unit: 7225' to 7231'N; 10456' to 10522'E
Arctic filial unit: 7502' to 7616'N; 11356' to 11510'E
Bikada transition area: 7413' to 7523'N; 10426' to10736'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   2,750,291
  Core area(s)   1,781,928 (of which main tundra core area: 1,324,042; Ary-Mas unit: 15,611; Lukunsky unit: 9,055; Arctic filial 433,220)
  Buffer zone(s)   30,503
  Transition area(s) when given   937,760 (Bikada protected area: 937,760)
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   0 to +569
  Year designated   1995
  Administrative authorities   Director of Taimyrsky Zapovednik, reporting to the Ministry of Nature Resources of the Russian Federation
  Brief description   Vegetation and landscape dynamics
Biodiversity of landscapes
Animals and birds populations monitoring
Long-term ecological monitoring and comparative studies in the Arctic region ( - for example, under the MAB Northern Science Network (NSN) - )
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   Biodiversity, birds, ecology, fauna, methodologies, polar/arctic, vegetation studies/plant cover.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   Landscape inventorying/monitoring.
  Contact address   Sergey E. Pankevich
Taimyrsky Biosphere Reserve
18 Soviet street, Box 131
647460 Khatanga city
Russian Federation
  Telephone   (7.39176) 21097
  Fax   (7.39176) 21097

Last updated: 13/12/2007

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