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  Brief description   The core area corresponds to the most inaccessible and better-conserved sites of the Biosphere Reserve that contain representative samples of the biological region. In these zones the only allowed activities are scientific research and environmental education. They are very important sites for the maintenance of the hydrological processes of the area, since the main areas with mangroves and petenes are represented here, as well as the main fresh water contribution for the estuarine system. The buffer zone is aimed to protect the core areas from external impacts. In these zones educative, investigation, recreational and productive activities can be carried out that adhere to the land use plans for the region, but some activities such as extensive cutting and farming activities are regulated in agreement with the criteria for conservation and management of the buffer zone.

Studies on physiochemical characteristics; climatology; hydrology; contamination; decomposition of organic matter; nekton; birds; vegetation; analyses of fishery activities; integrated studies on ecological and socioeconomic aspects; social aspects. Monitoring of wild fauna, marine turtles and flamencos.
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Abiotic factors, climate, contaminants, hydrology.
  Biodiversity   Birds, ecology, fauna, monitoring/methodologies, reptiles, vegetation studies/plant cover, wildlife.
  Socio-economic   Fishery/Fisheries, social/socio-economic aspects.
  Integrated monitoring   Integrated studies/Interdisciplinaty.

Last updated: 08/03/2011

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