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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  Brief description   According to the Mongolian Law on Special Protected area, the zonation includes three distinct zones: pristine, conservation and limited use zones. The main conservation objectives of the pristine and conservation zones are to preserve important spring, winter and autumn habitats of the Mongolian gazelle. Areas with potential for ecologically sustainable tourism, places of traditional religious importance and areas with frontier unit activities have been designated as limited-use zones where livestock, culling of wildlife, forest cleaning and maintenance, and collection of some plants and other natural resources for household purposes are allowed.

Environmental Observation Book, recording various meteorological and environmental variables; Conservation and migration study on the Mongolian gazelle (estimates of population size, identification of key calving and rutting grounds); Inventory and monitoring system to gather long-term information on the distribution and abundance of wildlife and record changes in the ecosystem health; Climate change in the Eastern steppe; Environmental pollution in areas exploiting deposits in the buffer zone; Rangeland condition; Conservation and migration of white gazelle; Population dynamics of the Brandís Vole, its impact on ecosystems; Fire impact on soil and vegetation.
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Climate, contaminants, global change, habitat, meteorology, monitoring/methodologies, pollution, pollutants, soil.
  Biodiversity   Breeding/Reproduction, conservation, ecosystem assessment, ecosystem functioning/ecosystem structure, fires/fire ecology, mammals, migrating populations/migration, monitoring/methodologies, population genetics/population dynamics, species inventorying/inventory, temperate grassland, vegetation studies/plant cover, wildlife.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   Environmental change, impact and risk studies/environmental impact.

Last updated: 10/12/2007

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