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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  General Description   Montebello is located between the physiographic region of the High Plain of Chiapas and the Gulf Coastal Plain, which is part of the physiographic province of Sierras de Chiapas and Guatemala. This region corresponds to the floristic regions of Miranda, called central massif and plains and slopes of the north of the central massif. Its physiography includes from small drains to great trenches. There are also big caves and cavities of varied shapes and dimensions. The average height of the area is 1,500 masl (meters above sea level) (INEGI, 1982).

In Lagunas de Montebello are 10 % of the orchids registered for the State of Chiapas. It’s also the home of more than 42 species of lepidoptera, 70 species of coleoptera, 9 species of fish, 15 species of amphibians, 35 species of reptiles, 277 species of birds and 65 of mammals.

The area contains a representative sample of the central massif, besides, it is located in a transition area between the zone lacandon jungle and forest that joins the central Massif with Guatemala.

The ecological goods and services produced by the ecosystems of the protected natural area Lagunas de Montebello, include the protection of the genetic heritage; the absorption of greenhouse gases; the climate regulation, the maintenance of water resources; soil conservation; the preservation of landscape value; the production of timber and non-timber forest resources, and the structuring of habitats for a wide variety of flora and fauna.
  Major ecosystem type   Coniferous forest, Fir-oak-liquidambar Forest, Mountain mesophyllous forest, Riparian vegetation, Secondary vegetation.
  Major habitats & land cover types  
  Location   16º 04’ 40’’ - 16º 10’ 20’’ Latitude N and 91º 37’ 40’’ - 91º 47’ 40’’ Longitude W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   6,411
  Core area(s)   3,411.983
  Buffer zone(s)   2,999.224
  Transition area(s) when given   7,260.494
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   1500 a 1800 m
  Year designated   2009
  Administrative authorities   Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas

Last updated: 22/07/2009

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