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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  General Description   Located in the north of Thailand within the Ngao Demonstration Forest, the biosphere reserve comprises a big teak (Tectona grandis) plantation surrounded by natural mixed deciduous forests with teak stands. Haui Tak Teak Biosphere Reserve is part of the Ngao Demonstration Project, which seeks to test and demonstrate approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of forest resources. The site is used for field training of students as well as for professional training of forest managers and researchers.
Some 59,500 people live in the biosphere reserve (1999). The ethnic Thai groups are settled within the peneplain area whereas a hill tribe is living in the mountainous region. Most of the people are farmers who depend on the cultivation of paddy rice, corn, tobacco, soybeans and groundnuts or on orchards and livestock raising. Main human impacts on the ecosystem derive from illegal logging, urban expansion, agriculture and shifting cultivation. With some 32,000 national and international tourists each year (1999), tourism also plays an important economic role in the biosphere reserve.
  Major ecosystem type   Tropical dry or deciduous forests (incl. monsoon forests)
  Major habitats & land cover types   Mixed deciduous forests with teak (Tectona grandis) together with Xylia kerrii, Pterocarpus macrocarpus, Afzelia xylocarpa, Lagerstroemia calyculata etc.; dry dipterocarps forest; dry evergreen forests; teak plantations
  Location   1820' to 1905'N; 9945' to 10005'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   4,700
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +290 to +1,200
  Year designated   1977
  Administrative authorities   Lampang Province Forest Office and Regional Forest Office Forest Management and Economics Research Division Royal Forestry Department (RFD)
  Brief description   Growth and yield in teak plantations and in mixed deciduous forests
Development of a model forest for sustainable forest management in Thailand
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   Biodiversity, forest systems, productivity.
  Socio-economic   Forestry, modelling.
  Integrated monitoring   Management issues, sustainable development/sustainable use.
  Contact address   Jira Jintanugool
Royal Forest Department
61 Phaholyothin Rd.
10900 Chatuchak - Bangkok
  Telephone   (66.2) 5798 884
  Fax   (66.2) 5614 809

Last updated: 19/02/2001

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