|Biosphere Reserve Information|
Taimyrsky Biosphere Reserve is located in the northern Siberian lowlands on the Taimyr Peninsula. The site is a cluster biosphere reserve with three core areas (one covering part of Lake Taimyr), each with a relatively narrow surrounding buffer zone, and which are protected collectively as the Taimyr State Reserve. The area represents a highly important breeding site for birds in the northern part of the East Atlantic flyway. The biosphere reserve covers pristine tundra and steppe habitats as well as the northernmost forest communities with larch and dwarf birch.
Some 3,600 people of six ethnic groups live within the biosphere reserve (1994) who make their living from trapping, fishing and reindeer husbandry. The biosphere reserve aims to enhance their traditional culture and protect their landscape from mining, logging and hunting pressures. There are good records of ecological research and monitoring of vegetation dynamics and air and water pollution in the area.
|Major ecosystem type||Tundra communities and barren Arctic deserts (north boundary of forest-tundra and mountain tundra); Pronchisheva Bay aquatory|
|Major habitats & land cover types||Tundra and bog plains comprised of Dryas punctata, Carex arctisibirica, C. stans, Eriophorum polystachion, Salix reptans etc.; tundra with Carex rupestris, C. misandra, Salix polaris, Novosieversia glacialis etc.; larch (Larix sp.) forests with dwarf birch (Betula nana) forests with Eriophorum vaginatum, Carex vaginata, Salix glauca, Duscheckia fruticosa etc.|
Main core area: 73°01' to 74°35'N; 95°47' to 101°18'E
Ary-Mas unit: 72°21' to 72°28'N; 101°37' to 102°19'E
Lukunsky unit: 72°25' to 72°31'N; 104°56' to 105°22'E
Arctic filial unit: 75°02' to 76°16'N; 113°56' to 115°10'E
Bikada transition area: 74°13' to 75°23'N; 104°26' to107°36'E
|Core area(s)||1,781,928 (of which main tundra core area: 1,324,042; Ary-Mas unit: 15,611; Lukunsky unit: 9,055; Arctic filial 433,220)|
|Transition area(s) when given||937,760 (Bikada protected area: 937,760)|
|Altitude (metres above sea level)||0 to +569|
|Administrative authorities||Director of Taimyrsky Zapovednik, reporting to the Ministry of Nature Resources of the Russian Federation|
|Last updated: 12/13/2007|