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  General Description   The Costero del Sur Biosphere Reserve is located in the Province of Buenos Aires in the southern part of the Rio de la Plata estuary on the Atlantic coast. It is situated in a humid and swampy region that comprises pampas grasslands characterized by deep, fertile soils. It includes coastal areas, flooded and unflooded swamps, wetlands and dry forests. Mammals such as mountain cat (Felis spp.) and ocelot (Felis pardalis) are found in the reserve. More than 500 inhabitants (2000) live in the reserve, engaged in extensive agriculture, cattle grazing and handcrafts. This region has been subjected to the greatest degree of human alteration in the country, and only those parts not suitable for agriculture remain in their natural state. Hunting and timber extraction are also carried out. Almost 1,100 tourists visit the reserve annually for camping, and ecological tourism. The Biosphere Reserve has an important heritage of cultural traditions of the cattle industry development (‘gauchos’ of Rio de la Plata region) and architectural monuments from European immigrant culture.
  Major ecosystem type   Temperate grasslands including coastal/marine zone
  Major habitats & land cover types   Alluvial flat land along coastline with low woody scrubland and sedges including Salicornia sp., Spartina sp., Zizaniopsis brasiliensis; ridges of shell debris and sand with woodlands of "tala" (Celtis spinosa); basins and slopes; grasslands dominated by Stipa spp.; agroecosystems; forestry systems; pasture land
  Location   36°00'S; 57°30'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   30,000
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  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   0 to +8
  Year designated   1984
  Administrative authorities   Municipalidad de Magdalena Intendente: Juan Oscar SIBETTI Secretario de Produccion y Planeamiento: Jose Luis RAFFO

Last updated: 07/03/2011

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