Biosphere Reserve Information

China

Wuyishan

1987

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This biosphere reserve is located in the northwestern part of Fujian Province in south-east China. The designated area includes a range of vegetation types, with differences largely varying according to elevation (200 to 2,158 meters above sea level). Probably the most extensive and important vegetation type is the evergreen broad-leaved forest, which includes some of the largest tracts of humid sub-tropical forests in the world. Habitats of special interest for conservation are Taxus chinensis communities and the middle mountain dwarf forest.


Mount Wuyi, inscribed on the World Heritage List, is a landscape of great beauty that has been protected for more than twelve centuries and it contains several exceptional archaeological sites. About 2,450 people live on a permanent basis in the buffer zone and some 8,955 people in the transition area of the biosphere reserve (1999). They are mainly living from tea and Mao bamboo plantation and its processing. Eco-tourism is developing quickly and there are now about 20,000 visitors per year in the biosphere reserve (1999). To increase public awareness and environmental education, a programme has been set up including a museum and a wildlife resource center. A Joint Committee for Conservation tries to promote the participation of local people in the management of the biosphere reserve.

Administrative Authorities

Fujian Provincial Forest Department Wuyishan State Nature Reserve Administration

Contact

Contact Address

Telephone

Wuyishan Nature Reserve Administration, Sangang, 354315 Wuyishan City - Fujian Province, China

(+86) 599 5305198

Fax

(+86) 599 5305118

E-mail

N/A

Website

Location

Latitude

27°33'00''N - 27°54'00''N

Longitude

117°27'00''E - 117°51'00''E

Area (hectares)

Surface Area

56,527

Core Area

34,771

Buffer Area

21,756

Transition Area

N/A

Map

Last updated: 2007

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