Colombia’s Chiribiquete to be Amazon region’s largest park

In an unprecedented move, the Colombian government will more than double the size of its largest national park to protect biodiversity and uncontacted hunter-gatherer tribes in the Amazon region along the western edge of the Guiana Shield. The expansion of Chiribiquete National Park from 1.3 million to 3 million hectares (5,000 to 12,000 sq miles), scheduled for March, will create a protected area the size of Belgium and make the park, with its immense waterfalls, rapids and table-top mountains, or tepuys, the largest in the Amazon. Jaú National Park in the Rio Negro watershed of Brazil has been the record-holder until now, with 2.7 million hectares (10,000 sq miles). Conservationists are delighted. They say a larger protected area is needed to preserve... [Log in to read more]

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