National System of Protected Areas (Colombia)

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This article is about Colombian park administrator. For the Nicaraguan counterpart, see National System of Protected Areas (Nicaragua).

The National System of Protected Areas (Spanish: Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas) (SINAP) is the Colombian national park administrator. It is a department under the Ministry of the Environment, Housing and Regional Development responsible for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. SINAP was established after Colombia signed the Convention on Biological Diversity through Law 165 of 1994,[1][2] and has been the primary activity of the Colombian Government regarding the conservation of biodiversity.[3] The areas of the Park System supply 25 million people with water.[3]

In total 56 areas belong to the National Natural Parks System, covering 12,602,321 hectares.[4]

The areas are categorized in six divisions, defined in Article 329 of Código de Recursos Naturales (CNR):[5] national parks (parques nacionales), flora and fauna sanctuaries (santuarios de fauna y flora), flora sanctuaries (santuarios de flora), nature reserves (reserva natural), unique natural areas (área natural única) and road parks (vía parque).

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Law 165 of 1994
  2. ^ "¿Qué es el Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas?" (in Spanish). Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Villegas & Sesana 2007, p. 31
  4. ^ "Los parques" (in Spanish). Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Article 329 of Código de Recursos Naturales

References[edit]

  • Villegas, Benjamin; Sesana, Laura (2007), Colombia Natural Parks, Villegas Asociados, ISBN 978-958-8156-87-3. 

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