Descoberto River Basin Environmental Protection Area

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Descoberto River Basin Environmental Protection Area
Área de Proteção Ambiental Bacia do Rio Descoberto
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Map showing the location of Descoberto River Basin Environmental Protection Area
Map showing the location of Descoberto River Basin Environmental Protection Area
Location in Brazil
Nearest city Brasília
Coordinates 15°42′40″S 48°09′07″W / 15.711°S 48.152°W / -15.711; -48.152Coordinates: 15°42′40″S 48°09′07″W / 15.711°S 48.152°W / -15.711; -48.152
Area 41,064 hectares (101,470 acres)
Designation Environmental Protection Area
Created 7 November 1983

The Descoberto River Basin Environmental Protection Area (Portuguese: Área de Proteção Ambiental Bacia do Rio Descoberto) is a protected area in the basin of the Descoberto River, which provides a large part of the water supply to Brasília, the capital of Brazil.

Location[edit]

The environmental protected area is in the municipalities of Brasília in the Federal District and Padre Bernardo and Águas Lindas de Goiás in Goiás.[1] It extends to the west of the Brasília National Park and includes the Brasília National Forest, the community of Brazlândia, the Barragem do Descoberto reservoir and the Descoberto State Park.[2] The Descoberto River, which originates with the Barracão and Capão da Onça streams in the administrative region of Brazlândia, is dammed to form the Descoberto reservoir, which supplies 60% of the water used by the Federal District.[3]

Administration[edit]

The protected area, which covers 41,064 hectares (101,470 acres), was created on 7 November 1983. It contains examples of the Cerrado biome. It is managed by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.[4] The area contains some human occupation.[5] It is IUCN protected area category V (protected landscape/seascape). The purpose is to protect biological diversity, control human occupation and ensure sustainable use of natural resources.[1]

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