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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  Brief description   At present the Reserve is home to a breeding center for native Gazelles and Oryx, and has pioneered reintroduction programmes in the Country. The Reserve offers unparalleled research opportunities for sustainable development and use of arid lands. Potential investigations include the use of saline water for irrigation of halophytes as animalsí fodder, zonation for sustainable grazing, camel farming and culturallysensitive tourism, among others.
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Abiotic factors, air quality, air temperature, climate, drought, erosion, geology, geomorphology, groundwater, habitat, hydrology, meteorology, monitoring/methodologies, pollution, pollutants, soil, topography.
  Biodiversity   Alien/Invasive/Exotic/Introduced species, arid/semi-arid, biodiversity, biogeography, biology, birds, breeding/reproduction, coastal/marine, community studies/communities, conservation, desertification, ecology, ecosystem functioning/ecosystem structure, fauna, flora, home gardens, invertebrates/insects/spiders, lichens, mammals, mangrove, natural resources, plants, population genetics/population dynamics, productivity, rare/endangered/threatened species, reintroduction, reptiles, restoration/rehabilitation/redevelopment, species inventorying/inventory, taxonomy, vegetation studies/plant cover, wildlife.
  Socio-economic   Agriculture/Production systems, aquaculture/mariculture, archaeology/paleontology, capacity building, cottage industry/artisanal industry, cultural aspects, economic studies, economically important species, human health, hunting, indigenous people, livelihood measures, livestock and related impacts/overgrazing, local participation, pastoralism/pastoralists/grazing, people-nature relations/man/nature, recreation, resource use, sacred sites, social/socio-economic aspects, tourism, traditional practices/ethnology/traditional knowledge.
  Integrated monitoring   Carrying capacity/Sustainability, ecosystem approach, geographic information system/gis, infrastructure, institutional and legal aspects, interdisciplinary studies, land tenure, land use/land cover, landscape inventorying/monitoring, management issues, planning and zoning measures/zonation, rural systems, sustainable development/sustainable use, transboundary/transfrontiers.

Last updated: 26/11/2007

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