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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  Brief description   The zonation provides the basis for resource protection and reserve management. It was defined using the following principles:
Favourable to maintaining the integrity and primitive features of the natural ecosystems and safeguarding the primitive habitats of the protected targets and other species. The core area should be big enough to guarantee effective protection of the resources and a baseline for measuring long-term dynamic changes of the ecosystems;
Favourable to the conservation and management of natural resources and ecosystems. It should also facilitate the maintenance of special communities' integrity;
It should contribute to scientific research, education and reasonable development and utilization of resources to enhance the development capacity of local communities;
It should help achieve long-term, steady and sustainable development as well as internal networking with infrastructure facilities and links to the external society.
The core area was defined for the protection of the giant panda and its habitats, biodiversity and the intact forest ecosystems. The buffer zone provides the basis for scientific research and monitoring. Human activities and settlements are regulated

Monitoring of meteorological factors; Studies on the Qinling giant panda (adaptability of the population to different living environments, types and distribution pattern of bamboo, genetic studies of the populations, GIS application for its protection); Study of the breeding strategy of male takin (Budorcas taxicolor bedfordi); National panda monitoring system concerning the panda population and their habitats; Wide community participation plan with the objective to coordinate development between economy and resource conservation and between man and nature; Annual socio-economic survey among different communities to monitor and assess factors related to socio-economy, population structure, culture and education, medical and health services, mode of resource use, industry, land use, energy demand and consumption and resource management; Monitoring of the impacts of community activities.
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Habitat, meteorology, monitoring/methodologies.
  Biodiversity   Breeding/Reproduction, conservation, fauna, genetic resources, mammals, monitoring/methodologies, plants, population genetics/population dynamics.
  Socio-economic   Cultural aspects, demography, economic studies, human health, industry, local participation, monitoring methodologies, people-nature relations/man/nature, resource use, social/socio-economic aspects.
  Integrated monitoring   Education and public awareness, geographic information system/gis, impact and risk studies/environmental impact, land use/land cover, management issues.

Last updated: 13/12/2007

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