August 24th is National Parks Day in Costa Rica

A national park is an area of land declared public and that is owned and protected by the national government because of its natural beauty or its importance to history or science, with a view to its preservation and development for purposes of recreation and culture.

These should include representative samples of ecosystems of national significance, show little evidence of human activity, provide important attractions for visitors and have capacity for educational and recreational use in a controlled manner.  26% of Costa Rica’s geography is protected land because of  its ecosystems, the existence of threatened species and its historical and cultural significance.

The System of Protected Areas in Costa Rica includes nine management categories: National Park, Biological Reserve, Strict Nature Reserve, National Monument, Protection Zone, Forest Reserve, Wildlife Refuge, Wetland and Indigenous Territories.

More about Costa Rica’s national parks: http://www.visitcostarica.com/ict/paginas/folletos/Parques_en.pdf

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