Costero del Sur Biosphere Reserve (Argentina)

Costero del Sur Biosphere Reserve (Argentina)

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 21:03
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The Costero del Sur Biosphere Reserve is located in the Province of Buenos Aires, in the southern part of the Rio de la Plata estuary, on Argentina's Atlantic coast. It is situated in a humid and swampy region that comprises fertile pampas grasslands, swamps, wetlands and dry forests.

The Costero del Sur Biosphere Reserve is located in the Province of Buenos Aires, in the southern part of the Rio de la Plata estuary, on the Atlantic coast.

It is situated in a humid and swampy region that comprises pampas grasslands characterized by deep, fertile soils. It includes coastal areas, flooded and unflooded swamps, wetlands and dry forests. Mammals such as mountain cat (Felis spp.) and ocelot (Felis pardalis) are found in the reserve.

More than 500 inhabitants (2000) live in the reserve, engaged in extensive agriculture, cattle grazing and handcrafts. The Biosphere Reserve has an important heritage of cultural traditions of the cattle industry development (‘gauchos’ of Rio de la Plata region) and architectural monuments from European immigrant culture.

This region has been subjected to the greatest degree of human alteration in the country, and only those parts not suitable for agriculture remain in their natural state. Hunting and timber extraction are also carried out. Almost 1,100 tourists visit the reserve annually for camping, and ecological tourism.