|Biosphere Reserve Information|
Almost all of the Reserve areas are covered by wetland (freshwater lake, Tasik Chini and feeder rivers of the lake) and a slightly steep hill (Chini Hill) as well as the Tasik Chini State Park Reserve Forest.The freshwater swamp around the main lake functions as a sponge to absorb water runoff during the raining season.
The topography of the Tasik Chini catchment area varies from 50 to a spotheight of 1,210 above mean sea level (MSL), but for about 80% of the area, the topography is well below 250 MSL. Areas above the 250 contour are mainly confining to the south west where Chini Hill rises to 2, 103 MSL. The lake areas are below the 50 contour. The main water sources contributing to the main lake body comprises firstly, the natural tributaries of Sungai Chini comprising Sungai Perupok to the west, Sungai Melai to the south and Sungai Datang and Sungai Gumum to the north east, secondly from the backflows from Sungai Pahang occurring in the flood season. The Sungai Chini is the only river that drain the lake to meet Sungai Pahang
Tasik Chini is relatively shallow, with depths of the interconnecting channels between lauts for most parts, not exceeding 1 to 2.5 meters and of slightly deeper depth between laut proper to a maximum of some 3 to 5 meters, mainly confined to Laut Jemberau, Laut Gumum and the existing Tanjung Kelantan jetty. Almost all of the residents at Tasik Chini area are indigenous indigenous peoples and Malay. The population is more or less 500 people. They live at Kg Gumum, Kg Melai, Tg. Chenahan, Chok, Sepau, and Ulu Gumum. The major economic activities for the indigenes indigenous peoples at Tasik Chini are collecting rattan, rubber tapper and fishery, while the Malay community are working under the FELDA Palm Oil Plantation Scheme.
|Major ecosystem type||Freshwater lake, Lowland dipterocarp forest|
|Major habitats & land cover types||Natural Freshwater Lake Tasik Chini, feeder rivers of the lake and 641 m (Bukit Chini) lowland dipterocarp forest and Tasik Chini State Park Reserve Forest.|
The northern extent of the Reserve is approximately 3o280 N.
The southern extent of the Reserve is approximately 3o220 N.
The western extent of the Reserve is approximately 102o5130 W.
The eastern extent of the Reserve is approximately 102o5830 W.
|Buffer zone(s)||incorporated in the core zone|
|Transition area(s) when given||536.66|
|Altitude (metres above sea level)||Highest elevation above sea level: 641 metres Lowest elevation above sea level: 17 metres For coastal/marine areas, maximum depth below mean sea level: 6.0 metres (Tasik Chini freshwater lake)|
|Administrative authorities||Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Ministry of Science and Technology (MOSTI) Pahang State Economy Planning Unit Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) Department of Forestry, Pahang UNDP|
|Last updated: 8/12/2009|