Yabotí Biosphere Reserve (Argentina)

Yabotí Biosphere Reserve (Argentina)

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 21:33
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The Yabotí Biosphere Reserve is located in Argentina's Misiones province. The reserve is part of the Misiones Rainforest Corridor within the Brazilian rain forest region which is home to some of the most traditional villages of the Guaraní peoples of Paraguay, Argentina and southern Brazil.

The Yabotí Biosphere Reserve is located in Argentina's Misiones province. The reserve is part of the Misiones Rainforest Corridor within the Brazilian rain forest biogeographical region. The reserve is also home to some of the most traditional villages of the Guaraní peoples who were the original occupants of a large part of Paraguay, Argentina and southern Brazil.

The biosphere reserve constitutes a rich subtropical forest ecosystem, with a high diversity of species in the herbaceous, underwood and tree layers. It also contains riparian forests and numerous watercourses.

The major ecosystem type is tropical broad-leaf forest. Major habitats and land cover types include tropical broadleaf forest Eastern and Meridional Bazilian Sub-tropical forest. It is an important area for rehabilitating subtropical forests (after logging).

The fauna is diverse, including many endangered, and rare species of reptiles, birds and mammals, particularly those of economic importance rendered rare through illegal trafficking.

The Province of Misiones has 790,325 inhabitants (1994), engaged in agriculture ('mate', tea, fruit) and forestry. Some 3,500 Guaraní indigenous people live in the area in precarious conditions and with very limited possibilities to develop a sustainable economy in the endangered rainforests due to increasing logging activities.

The main objective of the biosphere reserve is the rational development of the forest resources by selective cutting in the transition area by local landowners, closely controlled by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources.