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      Biosphere Reserve Information



Photo: Thomas Schaaf
  Brief description   Ecological assessment of natural resources using aerial photographs to establish different types of maps
Forage composition, consumption rate and nutrition value of diet
Rehabilitation and restoration of degraded ecosystems, by the
propagation of endangered plant species, and introduction of specially valuable or multi-purpose species
Environmental site characterization by soil fauna to identify relations between species of soil fauna and environmental parameters in managed and natural ecosystems
Crop production levels and land-use planning for desert agro-ecosystems
R-D / R-A planning
Models for crop production "potential, water limited, nutrient limited"
Species richness and diversity of the vegetation
Temporal environmental changes by remote sensing
Land-use/land-cover by thematic mapping
Sustainability map, and major land use types using GIS
Intensive studies on hydrology, climatology, geomorphology and soils
Monitoring the impacts of climatic change on ecosystem structure and function including productivity of rangeland and of orchards
Mapping of the different biosphere reserve zones
Study of human impacts on the environment
Role of women in Bedouin communities
Biodiversity database
Analysing the process of habitat fragmentation in the biosphere reserve, assessed by using high-resolution satellite imagery
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Climate, geomorphology, habitat, hydrology, nutrients, soil.
  Biodiversity   Arid/Semi-arid, biodiversity, degraded areas, ecology, ecosystem assessment, ecosystem functioning/ecosystem structure, fauna, natural resources, productivity, rare/endangered/threatened species, reintroduction, restoration/rehabilitation/redevelopment, vegetation studies/plant cover.
  Socio-economic   Agriculture/Production systems, economically important species, livestock and related impacts/overgrazing, modelling, role of women/gender.
  Integrated monitoring   Environmental change, geographic information system/gis, impact and risk studies/environmental impact, integrated studies/interdisciplinaty, land use/land cover, management issues, mapping, monitoring/methodologies, planning and zoning measures/zonation, remote sensing, sustainable development/sustainable use.

Last updated: 15/10/2001

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