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Area de Conservación Guanacaste
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Type of site: Natural
Date of Inscription: 1999, 2004
Location: South America, Costa Rica, Guanacaste and Alajuela provinces
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Six official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Other languages: Finnish, Italian
Description: The site, originally inscribed in 1999, was extended with the addition of St Elena, a 15,000-ha private property. It holds key habitats for endangered or rare plant and animal species and vital natural habitats for the conservation of biological diversity; among them the finest dry forest habitats stretching from Central America to northern Mexico. The site shows evidence of noteworthy ecological processes in both its terrestrial and marine-coastal environments. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Area de Conservación Guanacaste, is a World Heritage Site in the northwestern part of Costa Rica, which comprises Santa Rosa, Guanacaste, Rincón de la Vieja National Parks and the Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge. It formally became part of National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) in 1994, and then a World Heritage site in 1999. The area of the parks combined totals 1470 square kilometers as of 2004. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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