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Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves
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Type of site: Natural
Date of Inscription: 1999
Location: South America, Brazil, Atlantic Coast, states of Bahia and Espirito Santo, northeast Brazil
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Description: Composed of eight separate protected areas, the Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves (in the states of Bahia and Espírito Santo) contain 112,000 ha of Atlantic forest and associated shrub, restingas. The Brazilian coastal rainforests situated along the Atlantic are the richest in the world in terms of their biodiversity. A distinct range of species that hold a high level of endemism can be found within the site, which also reveals a scientifically remarkable pattern of evolution and stands in great significance for its conservation. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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