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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  General Description   Goaligong Mountain is located in the Szechwan Highlands in the southern part of China.
Its highest elevation reaches over 4,000 metres and this upper part of the mountain is designated as the core area. Evergreen broad-leaved forests, deciduous forests and bamboo woodlands are characteristic of the region. Because of the difficulty to reach the area, the forests and the wildlife are well protected. Among the most protected species are the red panda (Ailurus fulgens) and the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa).
Some 360,000 people live in the biosphere reserve (1999), subsisting mainly on agriculture and husbandry but also increasingly on ecotourism. The biosphere reserve hosts over 20 ethnic minorities that follow their customs and various ways of life. In the buffer zone, there are some collections of medicinal and edible plants and mushrooms. Past and planned scientific research focuses on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development of local communities.
  Major ecosystem type   Mixed mountain and highland systems
  Major habitats & land cover types   Evergreen broadleaf forest characterized by Castanopsis hystrix, C. delavayi, Lindra communis, Cyclobalanopsis glaucoides etc.; deciduous forest with Quercus acutissima, Alnus nepalensis, Juglans sigillata, Betula alnoides etc.; coniferous forest including Pinus yunnanensis, Taiwania flousiana, Tsuga dumosa, Sabina pingii etc.; bamboo wood characterized by Chimonobambusa yunnanensis, Phyllonstachis nigra var. henonis, Fargesia spp. etc.; agroecosystems; residential areas
  Location   2456' to 2609'N; 9834' to 9850'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   293,564
  Core area(s)   62,577
  Buffer zone(s)   61,882
  Transition area(s) when given   169,105
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +1,093 to +4,058
  Year designated   2000
  Administrative authorities   Baoshan Administrative Office of Gaoligong Mountain National Nature Reserve; Nujiang Administrative Office of Gaoligong Mountain National Nature Reserve

Last updated: 12/12/2007

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