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Oct 04

The Chocó is now a Biosphere Reserve

The Chocó Andino de Pichincha is recognized by UNESCO within the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Quito, EQUADOR (October 4, 2018) – In July of 2018, the United Nations Organization of Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) granted recognition to the area of Chocó Andino de Pichincha within the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

The Chocó Andino extends through 700+ acres of land that provide high amounts of pure air thanks to the vast life of flora and fauna. It is also a source of water for cultivation, breeding and marketing of livestock. 83% of these acres are within the Metropolitan District of Quito.

The cloudy forests of Chocó Andino preserve a large number of emblematic flora and fauna species. It is estimated that this area hosts approximately 270 types of mammals. A total of 30% of all birds and 15% of the plant species that belong to the country can be found here, as well as animals such as the spectacled bear, the Chocó toucan, the rock rooster, “tigrillos”, “olingos”, the black-eared shag, along with countless amphibians, insects and reptiles.

This natural and sustainable area is located 45 minutes away from Quito and it now represents one of the seven Biosphere reserves of all of Ecuador, among these are: The Galapagos National Park, Yasuní, Sumaco, Podocarpus- El Cóndor, Macizo del Cajas and Bosque Seco.

Interesting note; the Biosphere Reserves are areas composed of terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems, recognized by the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program. They are unique territories, where solutions are fostered to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with sustainable use, economic development, research and education.

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