Brazil creates five new protected areas in the Amazon

18 maio 2016    
New areas stand for 2.83 million hectares.
© Foto: Arquivo WWF
Last week, the Brazilian Government announced the creation of five new protected areas in the State of Amazonas – and expanded a National Forest in the same region. These lands together stand for 2.83 million hectares.
All of these areas are located in the Madeira River basin , in the southern Amazon. They were established due from studies funded by the Amazon Protected Areas Program (ARPA) – a Brazilian government initiative supported technically and financially by WWF for more than a decade.
The five new protected areas created are:
Name of the new area Size Municipality
Campos de Manicoré Environmental Protection Area
151.993 hectares Manicoré
Manicoré Biological Reserve 359.063 hectares Manicoré and Novo Aripuanã
Acarí National Park
896.407 hectares Apuí, Novo Aripuanã and Borba
Aripuanã National Forest
751.295 hectares Apuí, Manicoré and Novo Aripuanã
Urupadi National Forest
537.228 hectares Maués
The Amana National Forest, in Maués, has had its area increased and now it has 141,337 hectares.
The decrees brought the reasons of why the creation of these areas was necessary. Some of the arguments given by the Brazilian Government for the creation of the areas are: to protect the biological diversity of that region; to support the environmental stability in the south of the Amazon; to develop recreational activities (contact with nature and ecotourism, for example); and to promote the sustainable use of forest resources.
Protect several rivers - such as Manipur, Manicorezinho, Jatuarana, Acari, Camaiú, Sucundurí - is also one of the objectives of these new protected areas.
Acarí National Park has registered, inside its territory, endangered species and abundant wildlife  with over 150 species of mammals and 600 of birds. In the last decade, 3 new species of primates and 2 new kinds of birds have been  discovered there.
On the other hand, Campos de Manicoré Environmental Protection Area was created to help ordering the construction of a roadway which will link the city of Manicoré to the Santo Antonio of Matupí district - a very famous place in Amazonas because of logging.
The Conservation Director of WWF-Brazil, Mário Barroso, celebrated the creation of the new areas. “Creating protected areas is one of the most effective strategies to protect and promote the conservation of biodiversity. So, we welcome the action of the Brazilian Government and found this decision very interesting and important”, he said.
New areas stand for 2.83 million hectares.
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