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Lanzarote Biosphere Reserve, Spain


The Lanzarote Biosphere Reserve is made up of the northernmost island of the Canary Archipelago. It covers 84600 ha including the northern minor islands.

Designation date: 1993


Regional network:  EuroMAB and IberoMAB

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    Surface : 127,549 ha

    • Core area(s): 12,692 ha
    • Buffer zone(s): 64,962 ha
    • Transition zone(s): 49,895 ha

    Location: N/A

    Administrative Authorities

    MIGUÉLEZ LÓPEZ, Aquilino
    Observatorio de la RB de Lanzarote
    Cabildo Insular de Lanzarote
    Avda. Fred Olsen, s/n

    Tel.: 928-810100 ext. 2357

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    Ecological Characteristics

    The Island is relatively flat (maximum altitude 670 m), of volcanic origin, with vast lava fields, known as malpais, and a profusion of craters in the Timanfaya National Park.

    There are also shallow sea beds harbouring a great wealth of biodiversity.

    The climate is dry sub-tropical, with trade winds and a mean annual rainfall of 115 mm, and no permanent water courses. The vegetation is xerophyllus adapted to storing and retaining humidity. There is a high number of endemic species.

    The island culture developed a series of adaptations to trap and use the scantand unpredictable rainfall.

    This is the case of agricultural techniques for sowing under ash and volcanic sheet flows under inverted cones forming unique landscapes such asthose of the Geria valley.


    Socio-Economic Characteristics

    The primary sector has gradually lost importance vis-à-visthe tourist sector that has a network of centres designed by the Lanzarotan artist César Manrique.

    These blend perfectly with the natural environment. The Cabildo limits urban excess through the Insular Land Plan, adopted in 2001 by the Government of the Canaries.

    The Biosphere Reserve Council undertakes defence in general interests.





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    Last updated: January 2019