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Bura'a Biosphere Reserve, Yemen

Bura’a, Yemen, is named after the region’s impressive granite massif, Jabal Bura’a. Ranging from 200 – 2,200 m in altitude, Bura’a is a rugged mountainous area intersected by several deep valleys rich in rare, vulnerable and endemic plant species. The site also provides habitat for a diverse fauna, including a large number of bird species and several reptiles, such as fresh water turtles and the Yemeni monitor lizard. Traditional agro forestry systems still provide an important source of income for local communities. 

Designation date: 2011


Regional network:  ArabMAB

Ecosystem-based network: 




    Surface : 4,280 ha

    • Core area(s): 648 ha
    • Buffer zone(s): 2,292 ha
    • Transition zone(s): 1,346 ha

    Location: N/A

    Administrative Authorities

    Anwar Faissal AL Hemiary
    Environment Protection Authority
    P.O. Box: 19719

    Tel.: +967 1 207817


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    Ecological Characteristics

    Mountains and severe to medium slopes. Maximum slope is more than 70% in some areas, especially in north and northeast areas as welle as western side. Rock ratio range between 50 to 90. There are bare and semi bare rocks.

    Highest elevation above sea level: 2200 metres (in the northeast boundary of the areas near Azzan Mountain)

    Lowest elevation above sea level: 200 metres (Southwest side near Wadi Alaswad) For coastal/marine areas, maximum depth below mean sea level.


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    Last updated: October 2018