Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere Reserve Žuvintas is located in the southern part of the Middle Lithuanian Lowlands. It represents approximately 59,000 ha and includes lakes, wetlands, mires, peatbogs, and pine tree stands. Its great variety of habitats and vegetation renders this location very rich in biodiversity. When designated, the biosphere reserve will be inscribed in national law as a specific category. The main human activities include agriculture, forestry and fishing, with the recent development of eco-farming and tourism. The area has a population of about 11,000, comprising a mixture of large and small land owners.
Biosphere Reserve Žuvintas is the first site of Lithuania recognized under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).

Authors of photographs: A. Pranaitis, Ž. Sinkevičius, Žuvinto biosferos rezervato direkcija

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