Padre Noguera Municipality

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Padre Noguera
Municipio Padre Noguera
Flag of Padre Noguera
Official seal of Padre Noguera
Location in Mérida
Location in Mérida
Country  Venezuela
State Mérida
Shiretown Santa María de Caparo
 • Mayor Alidio Josè Pérez Bustamante (COPEI)
 • Total 206 km2 (80 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 3,028
 • Density 15/km2 (38/sq mi)
Time zone VST (UTC-4:30)
Area code(s) 0277
Website Official website

The Padre Noguera Municipality is one of the 23 municipalities (municipios) that makes up the Venezuelan state of Mérida and, according to a 2007 population estimate by the National Institute of Statistics of Venezuela, the municipality has a population of 3,028.[1] The town of Santa María de Caparo is the shire town of the Padre Noguera Municipality. [2]


On March 25, 1963, the Padre Noguera Municipality was founded within the Liberty District, and after December 3, 1964 changed its name to Liberty District Archbishop Chacon, now Arzobispo Chacón Municipality. In 1975, studies began to build a dam, and in 1980 the construction work flooded the area, forcing the evacuation of 20 of the 23 villages that existed in the town, leaving only the villages Florida, Vegón and the larger Tucupido Santa Maria of Caparo. The impact of hydroelectric development Camburito-Caparo was such that the extension of the county shrank from 319 km² to 206 km² due to flooding to keep the waters of the reservoir. On March 19, 1986, the municipality changed its name to Autonomous Municipality Padre Noguera.


The territory is divided into three areas due to water of the Caparo Dam. Part of the town is protected by the Tapo-Caparo National Park


The Padre Noguera Municipality, according to a 2007 population estimate by the National Institute of Statistics of Venezuela, has a population of 3,028 (up from 2,565 in 2000). This amounts to 0.36% of the state's population.[3] The municipality's population density is 14.7 inhabitants per square kilometre (38/sq mi).[4]


The mayor of the Padre Noguera Municipality is Alidio Josè Pérez Bustamante, elected on October 31, 2004 with 28% of the vote.[5] He replaced Albidio Torres shortly after the elections.[6] The municipality is divided into one parish (Capital Padre Noguera).[2]

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Coordinates: 7°48′08″N 71°26′44″W / 7.8022°N 71.4455°W / 7.8022; -71.4455