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Arly Biosphere Reserve, Burkina Faso

Situated in the West African savannah, this biosphere reserve presents a wide variety of natural landscapes including wetlands, gallery forests, dry clear forests, and tree and shrub savannahs. These are natural habitats for vulnerable and endangered species including the cheetah, elephant, lion, leopard and vulture. Agriculture is the main economic activity in Arly with cereal crops (millet and sorghum), peanuts and cotton, alongside livestock.


Designation date: 2018

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Regional network: African Network of Biosphere Reserves (AfriMAB) 

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    Surface :
    2,120,679.45 ha

    • Core area(s) : 218,429.65 ha
    • Buffer zone(s) tampon: 614,534.06 ha
    • Tansition zone(s): 1,287,715.73 ha


    • Central point: 11° 44' 21.39" N    0° 58' 14.21" E

    Administrative authorities

    L’Office national des aires protégées (OFINAP)

    Tel: +(226)25356415/25357334
    Fax: +(226) 50357334


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    Last updated: October 2018