|Biosphere Reserve Information|
© Photo: Peng Wiaohui
This biosphere reserve covers 24,000 hectares on the southern slopes of the Minshan Mountains which is within the transition area between the Sichuan Basin and the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. The natural landscape includes snow-capped peaks, numerous waterfalls, forests, mountain streams and lakes. The altitude ranges from about 2,000 to 4,700 meters above sea level. There are more than 140 bird species and numerous threatened species of plants and animals such as the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca).
The inhabitants (about 1,000 in 1997) are mainly Tibetan and Qiang, who live in nine villages located in the valley. The rapid growth of tourism has brought benefits to these communities but has also created threats to the natural environment. The local authorities are addressing these, for example by controlling the construction of new buildings.
|Major ecosystem type||Temperate broad-leaf forest and woodlands; mixed mountain and highland systems|
|Major habitats & land cover types||Mountain coniferous forest; mixed forest with Quercus liaotungensis and Acer davidiana; shrub vegetation with Lonicera spp., Spiraea sp. and Berberis sp.; mixed coniferous- broad-leaved forest with Pinus tabulaeformis, P. armandii, Tsuga spp. and maximowiczii; alpine scrub-meadow; Tulus vegetation up to snow line with Saussurea medusa, S. gnaphalioides and S. longifolia; lake ecosystem; agroecosystems with planted Brassica pekinensis, B. campestris, Zea mais etc.|
|Location||32°54' to 33°19'N; 103°46' to 104°4'E|
|Transition area(s) when given||41,793|
|Altitude (metres above sea level)||+1,998 to +4,764|
|Administrative authorities||The Jiuzhaigou Administration Committee takes charge The higher body is the Sichuan provincial government|
|Last updated: 12/12/2007|