|Biosphere Reserve Information|
The Sayano-Shushenskiy Biosphere Reserve is located in the Krasnoyarsk Territory of Siberia on the ‘left bank’ of a large man-made reservoir, where the Yenisey valley cuts through the Western Sayan Mountain range. Covering a vast area with an elevation change from 400 to 2,735 meters above sea level, the biosphere reserve comprises a rich diversity of habitats. It includes extensive coniferous and mixed forests, sub-alpine and alpine meadows, mountain tundra, mountain steppe, taiga, streams and marshlands. There is a marked difference in climate and soils between north and south-facing slopes of the Sayan Mountains. The first, influenced by Atlantic air masses, is wetter than the latter which is more continental due to Arctic influence.
About 20 people live within the core area and buffer zone (1997, no figures on the transition area). To the south of the biosphere reserve, the territory of the Tuvinian people is located who traditionally live from livestock raising. All kinds of traditional use of natural resources take place in the buffer zone and transition area of the biosphere reserve, including forestry, agriculture, fishing, hunting, plant gathering and eco-tourism. The Sayanskaya Hydroelectric station and the aluminium plant cause some impact on the transition area of the biosphere reserve. A visitor center, a natural museum and interpretation trails provide information on the region and its environment for tourists and school classes.
|Major ecosystem type||Mixed mountain and highland systems|
|Major habitats & land cover types||Coniferous forests; mixed forests with some stands of Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis), fir (Abies spp.) and larch (Larix spp.); sub-alpine and alpine meadows; mountain tundra, mountain steppe; taiga; rocky streams; marshlands; glaciers|
|Location||51°50' to 52°30'N; 91°15' to 92°30'E|
|Core area(s)||Zonation under revision|
|Transition area(s) when given|
|Altitude (metres above sea level)||+400 to +2,735|
|Administrative authorities||Director Sayano-Shushenskiy Zapovednik, reporting to the Federal Committee on Natural Resources and Ecology|
|Last updated: 12/13/2007|