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National Protected Areas

Ecuador is the only country in the world where 1/5 of the territory is Protected Area; there are 48 of them distributed through the four regions, covering the 20% of the country’s surface.

Requirements to be a Protected Area

Must have one or many ecosystems, within a minimum of 10.000 hectares. It is considered the flora and fauna species, geologic features, important habitat to science, education and recreation. Its natural condition’s maintenance is important due to preserve ecologic, esthetic and cultural features.

Goals of Conservation.

Protect the ecosystem.
Preserve the species (flora and fauna).
Work on natural and cultural management.
Places capable of research.
Favorite destinations for tourism.