Biosphere Reserve Information

Russian Federation

Sokhondinskiy

1984

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Sokhondinskiy Biosphere Reserve is situated 25 km north of the Mongolian border and occupies the isolated mountain massif of Sokhondo (2,508 meters above sea level) which is the highest part of the Khente-Chkoi plateau. Here, major rivers of the Baikal-Amur watershed have their source. Within the biosphere reserve, two biogeographic provinces meet: the East Siberian Taiga and Mongolian-Manchurian Steppe. There is a series of altitudinal vegetation belts with a steppe, taiga, alpine meadows and high mountain tundra.
About 6,000 people live in three settlements in the transition area (1997) who are mainly engaged in agriculture, forestry, cattle breeding, hunting and fishing. Poaching increased during the political transition period. A management plan of the biosphere reserve foresees measures such as the strict protection of the core area and buffer zone, fire protection, the establishment and support of experimental plots and the reparation of roads and shelters.

Administrative Authorities

Director of Sokhondinskiy Zapovednik, reporting to the Federal Committee on Natural Resources and Ecology

Contact

Contact Address

Telephone

Sokhondinskiy Biosphere Reserve, 1 Cherkasova street, Settlement Kyra, 674250 Chitinskaya Oblast, Russian Federation

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Website

Location

Latitude

49°28'00''N - 49°53'00''N

Longitude

110°31'00''E - 111°29'00''E

Area (hectares)

Surface Area

347,000

Core Area

211,000

Buffer Area

36,000

Transition Area

100,000

Map

Last updated: 2007

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