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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  General Description   Valles del Jubera, Leza, Cidacos and Alhama Biosphere Reserve is located in the Autonomous Province of La Rioja in the central-northern part of Spain. It consists of 119,669 ha of low mountainous landscape, drained by the rivers Leza, Jubera, Cidacos and Alhama, with Mediterranean forests and open grasslands. The site comprises a series of human use systems, such as traditional orchards (huertas) and meadows (vegas), which are the result of centuries of human activities. Culturally, the area is rich because of ancient Celt and Arabian influences: the typical orchards are a heritage of this past.
The biosphere reserve serves as a pilot area for implementing a regional strategy for sustainable development in the Province of La Rioja, through a EU Leader + project.
The valleys of the Biosphere Reserve encompass a large variety of economic activities going from agriculture to seaside tourism, which providing a good development potential for the 10,000 people living in the area.
The Biosphere Reserve is managed by a committee, (el comité de Gestion de la Reserva de Biosfera del Cidacos y Alhama), which reports to the provincial authorities for environment and tourism. This committee is composed of representatives of provincial departments for environment, tourism, rural development and culture, a local association on rural development, as well as representatives from local communities, and university and research institutes. The main efforts of the Biosphere Reserve are focused on cultural and economic issues, in particular sustainable tourism and enhancing cultural values.
  Major ecosystem type   Mediterranean mountains
  Major habitats & land cover types   Mediterranean forest with oak, Quercus rotundifolia, Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Mediterranean scrub matorrales, with Cistus laurifolius, Juniperus communis.
Stony and calcareous precipices
Traditional orchards, unirrigated cultivation (cultivos de secano), Mediterranean reed beds (Juncales mediterraneos)
Annual and perennial Mediterranean grassland, with xerophytes
Iberian oak woods with Quercus faginea
Calcicole xero-thermophilous beech woods (hayedos)
Fields and pastures
  Location   41° 58’ 10’’ – 42°18’55’’N
1° 59’ 20’’ - 2° 9’ 35’’W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   119,669
  Core area(s)   5,537
  Buffer zone(s)   11,760
  Transition area(s) when given   102,372
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   450-1758
  Year designated   2003
  Administrative authorities   Comité de Gestión de la Reserva de Biosfera del Cidacos y Alhama
  Brief description   Geomorphology, erosion
Palaeontology studies (fossils, dinosaurs)

Forest tree species inventory and health survey
Fauna monitoring (e.g. reptiles: Malpolon monspessulanus)
Birds population and evolution ( Falco peregrinus)

Transhumance system
Sustainable tourism issues
Palaeontology, natural and cultural heritage
Cultural, sociologic and economic richness

Medicinal properties of hot spring water
Promotion of traditional handcraft
Traditional knowledge and use of plants
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   n.a.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
  Contact address   Jesús Ruiz Tutor
Servicio de Ingeniería Ambiental
Prado Viejo, 62 bis
26071 Logroño
  Telephone   (34.941) 29 17 33
  Fax   (34.941) 29 13 56
  E-mail   jesus.ruiz@larioja.org

Last updated: 27/02/2007

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