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Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
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Type of site: Natural Heritage in danger
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Date of Inscription: 1982
Location: South America, Honduras, Northeast of the country in the area known as the “Mosquitia Hondureña”
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Description: The reserve is one of Central America’s few tropical rainforest remains, situated on the watershed of the Río Plátano; it houses a copious and varied plant and wildlife. Over 2,000 indigenous people have preserved their traditional way of life in the reserve’s mountainous landscape, which slopes down to the Caribbean coast. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve is located on the Río Plátano in the La Mosquitia region on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. It has been a World Heritage site and biosphere reserve since 1980. The reserve encompasses both mountainous and lowland tropical rainforest, full of diverse wildlife and plant life, in which at least 2000 indigenous people continue traditional ways of life. In 1996 the reserve received the World Heritage in Danger designation, but was removed from the list in 2007. Its environmental and cultural value is threatened by agriculture, colonization, and poor resource management. Timber is often illegally taken. There is also a plan for a hydroelectric plant. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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