Mamungari Conservation Park

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Mamungari Conservation Park
South Australia
Mamungari Conservation Park is located in South Australia
Mamungari Conservation Park
Mamungari Conservation Park
Nearest town or city Eucla
Coordinates 29°8′26″S 129°15′8″E / 29.14056°S 129.25222°E / -29.14056; 129.25222Coordinates: 29°8′26″S 129°15′8″E / 29.14056°S 129.25222°E / -29.14056; 129.25222
Established 7 May 1970 (1970-05-07)[1]
Area 21,289.45 km2 (8,219.9 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities DEWNR
Maralinga Tjarutja Community
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Mamungari Conservation Park (formerly known as Unnamed Conservation Park and also known as the Unnamed Biosphere Reserve) is a protected area located in South Australia within the southern Great Victoria Desert and northern Nullarbor Plain about 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of Maralinga and 450 kilometres (280 miles) northwest of Ceduna.

The conservation park was proclaimed in 1970 as a national park under the then National Parks Act 1966 for the purpose of conserving ‘the environments of the Great Victoria Desert and protect wilderness values.’ It was not assigned a name in 1970 and was subsequently constituted as the Unnamed Conservation Park under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. It was renamed as Mamungari Conservation Park on 30 November 2006.[2]

It is one of fourteen United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Biosphere Reserves in Australia and obtained this status in 1977 with the name of the Unnamed Biosphere Reserve.[3][4]

The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category Ia protected area.[5]

The park is managed jointly by the traditional owners (the Maralinga Tjarutja and the Pila Nguru communities) and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).[2]

The park may only be visited by those who have obtained the minimum impact code and can demonstrate experience using that code. Permits are required to travel to the park and will take 4 to 6 weeks to arrange. The only road of significance that passes through the park is the Anne Beadell Highway.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 17 Feb 2014)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Mamungari Conservation Park Management Plan" (PDF). Mamungari Conservation Park Board of Management. 2011. p. 1. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Australia's Biosphere Reserves". Parks Australia. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Biosphere Reserve Information for ' UNNAMED'". UNESCO. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "CAPAD 2012 South Australia Summary (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2012. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 

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