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  General Description   The biosphere reserve is located in the physiographic province of the Sierra Madre del Sur, characterized by bays, cliffs and rocky escarpments.

The site presents rocky associations of various ages that make up the texture of the land in Huatulco. The relief of the biosphere reserve is mountainous in its southern portion, with valleys perpendicular to the coast. The terrestrial part is composed of rounded hills, isolated hills, dunes, escarpments, cliffs, mangroves, wetlands, savannah, lowland deciduous and riparian vegetation. In the marine part we can find bays, beaches, islands, kelp and coral communities.

Within the core area there is no human population, except in an area called El Faisán. However, in the recent years the population growth rate of the area has accelerated particularly. During the period 1980-1990, the population rose from 6760 to 12645 inhabitants, representing an average annual rate of population growth of 6.6%. For the period 1990-2000, the rate of population growth was even higher, with a rate of 8.67%.

The biosphere reserve occupies a territory recognized as national land, under the responsibility of the National Fund for Tourism.
  Major ecosystem type   Low deciduous vegetation
  Major habitats & land cover types   Low deciduous vegetation, coastal dunes, riparian vegetation, secondary vegetation, mangroves, and coral communities
  Location   15º39’12’’ y 15º47’10’’ latitud N
96º06’30’’ y 96º15’00’’ longitud W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   11,891
  Core area(s)   2,193.88
  Buffer zone(s)   9,697
  Transition area(s) when given   11,890.98
  Altitude (metres above sea level)  
  Year designated   2006
  Administrative authorities   Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas

Last updated: 08/03/2011

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