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  General Description   Human activities:

The transition area has 6,600 inhabitants within 42 dispersed rural communities which are characteristic of these mountainous regions (2001). Their main economic activities are livestock rearing and extensive farming, and collection of secondary forest products such as mushrooms and medicinal herbs. The biosphere reserve includes the Studenica Monastery, which is a cultural World Heritage site and a popular tourist attraction.
Ecological characteristics:

Golija-Studenica Biosphere Reserve is situated in southwestern Serbia and belongs to the inner zone of the Dinaric mountain system. It covers a mountainous region and includes a mosaic of different ecosystems such as forests, shrubs and lakes. The local population cleared parts of the forests over centuries and thus created species rich pastures and meadows which are still maintained today. In the area, many non-governmental organizations are interested in the protection of the natural environment and in the implementation of sustainable development principles. With the establishment of a biosphere reserve, these organizations will be able to carry out their programmes and contribute to the functions of the Golija-Studenica Biosphere Reserve, based on a rich history of scientific research and observations.
  Major ecosystem type  
  Major habitats & land cover types  
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   53,804
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)  
  Year designated   2001
  Administrative authorities   Ministry of Health and Environment
  Brief description  
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   n.a.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
  Contact address    Zavod za zastitu prirode Srbije
III Bulevar 106
11070 Novi Beograd
  Telephone   (11) 142 281 / 142 162 - (11) 138 062
  Fax   (11) 142 281
  E-mail   nature@net.yu

Last updated: 19/06/2010

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