Located in the north-west of Corsica, this biosphere reserve follows the limits of the Fango Valley watershed. The Fango River is a mountain torrent that flows into the Gulf of Galéria in Corsica. The biosphere reserve rises from the level of the Mediterranean sea up to an altitude of 2,556 meters above sea level.
Designation date: 1977
Regional network: EuroMAB
Surface : 60,095 ha
- Core area(s): 6,182 ha
- Buffer zone(s): 54,466 ha
- Transition zone(s): 25,781 ha
Location: 42º 28'N - 8º 40'E
Parc Naturel Régional de Corse
Coordinateur Reserve de Biosphere du Falasorma Dui Sevi
2, rue du major Lambroschini - B.P. 417
20184 AJACCIO CEDEX
Tel.: +33 (0) 4 95 51 79 09
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Located in the north-west of Corsica, this biosphere reserve follows the limits of the Fango Valley watershed. The Fango River is a mountain torrent that flows into the Gulf of Galéria in Corsica.
The biosphere reserve rises from the level of the Mediterranean sea up to an altitude of 2,556 meters above sea level. The different altitude zones are clearly represented in the strongly characteristic Mediterranean- type valley with evergreen broadleaf forest and Mediterranean maquis.
The mouth of the Fango River is a biologically rich mosaic noted particularly for its bird life, amphibians and reptiles. The holm oak groves of the Fango are ancient stands where the evergreen oak still dominate. The steep rocky landscapes of the high valley are home to the Corsican mouflon, the bearded vulture or lamergeier and the golden eagle.
Human activity is modest with 435 inhabitants scattered through the various hamlets of the communities of Galéria, Manso and Calenzana (1990). The economy is mainly based on livestock and tourism (12,000 visitors in the 1992 season) and is concentrated on the coast and the banks of the Fango.
The management of scarce freshwater resources in the area is one of the main challenges in the biosphere reserve. The ‘Casa Marina’ is used since 1994 to house various environmental education activities. Research has been carried out since 1970 on biological and socioeconomic issues.
Last updated: November 2020