A New Park For Brazil’s Amazon Region
A big problem for natural areas worldwide is that they all have edges, and those borders aren’t always in the right place for wildlife. So efforts to combine parklands along “corridors” to ensure whole habitats are protected are essential to help wild things thrive.
Brazil’s huge new 5.7 million-acre Amapá State Forest in the Amazon region is a step toward creating a chain of protected areas that would stretch across the state’s sparsely settled interior.
“Brazil has raised the bar in terms of conservation commitment and has set a new global standard,” said José Maria Cardoso da Silva, of Conservation International. The protected forest will link the existing Tumucumaque National Park to two indigenous lands, the Uaçá and Galibi. The region is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals.