Travel This is now the world's largest protected tropical rainforest

05:56  09 july  2018
05:56  09 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Colombia is now home to the world ' s largest protected tropical rainforest and national park, with the recent expansion of its perimeters.

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The endangered woolly monkey© Provided by AFPRelaxNews The endangered woolly monkey

Colombia is now home to the world's largest protected tropical rainforest and national park, with the recent expansion of its perimeters.

Following decades of lobbying by environmental and conservation groups, the Serrania de Chiribiquete National Natural Park has been expanded from 2.8 million to 4 million hectares, an expansion that makes it the largest protected rainforest in the world.

The news was announced by the conservation group WWF, which declared the expansion a double win as the park was also admitted as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its environmental, cultural and social value this past week.

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and 1,500 species of higher plants.[5] Tropical rainforests have been called the " world ' s largest pharmacy", because over one quarter of natural medicines have been discovered within them.[8][9] It is likely that there may be many millions of species of plants

Colombia’s Serranía de Chiribiquete was officially expanded to 4.3 million hectares today, making it the world ’ s largest protected tropical rainforest Sixty-six percent of the country’s deforestation now occurs in the Amazon—one of 11 regions in the world facing the highest risk of deforestation.

The rainforest is home to thousands of species, dozens of which are native to the park and several of which are threatened, including the Amazonian tapir, the giant otter, the giant anthill, the woolly monkey and the jaguar.

It also boasts the oldest, largest, densest and most impressive pictographic complex in America, notes the WWF, with murals that include more than 70,000 pictograms that date back 20,000 years.

The Amazon is one of 11 regions in the world with a high risk of deforestation. By WWF estimates, more than a quarter of the Amazon will be lost by 2030 if current deforestation trends continue.

"The efforts of the national government to strengthen conservation actions offer a critical opportunity to consolidate a mosaic of conservation areas vital for sustainable development and maintenance of the Amazon, not only in Colombia but throughout the biome," said Alistair Monument, Forest Practice Leader of WWF Global in a statement.

Serrania de Chiribiquete National Natural Park, Colombia© Provided by AFPRelaxNews Serrania de Chiribiquete National Natural Park, Colombia

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