Riacho Teuquito Biosphere Reserve (Argentina)

Riacho Teuquito Biosphere Reserve (Argentina)

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 21:15
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The Riacho Teuquito Biosphere Reserve is located in the Province of Formosa, in the Chaqueña Region, in the northeastern part of Argentina. The Biosphere Reserve belongs to the Chaco biogeographical region.

The Riacho Teuquito Biosphere Reserve is located in the Province of Formosa, in the Chaqueña Region, in the northeastern part of Argentina.

The Biosphere Reserve belongs to the Chaco biogeographical region with tropical dry or deciduous forests, particularly 'quebrachal' dominated by Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco and Schinopsis lorentzii in the valleys, matorral scrublands and forests with matorral, flooded matorral, flooded savannas, agricultural systems and grazing forests.

Wetlands are also present, located mostly along rivers, providing a refuge for a wide range of species including migratory birds.The reserve has a rich and varied fauna that includes rare, threatened species.

More than 3,000 people (2000) live in the biosphere reserve, of which 350 form indigenous communities (Toba Qomleck Pilagá and Wichí). The principal economic activities are agriculture, forestry, commerce, industry and cattle raising.

The transition area contains a development project with the objective of promoting sustainable use of natural resources, establishing pilot areas of productive models and harmonizing environmental, political, social, cultural and economic issues.