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UNESCO adds the Orinoco Delta to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves

The delta of the Orinoco River is among the new sites added by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).

At the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB), in its 21st meeting in South Korea, it was decided to add the Orinoco Delta and 21 other new sites to the WNBR, said a statement issued by the organization.

Currently, the Network contains a total of 533 reserves in 106 countries.

The Biosphere Reserves are recognized by UNESCO as part of a new focus of integrated management of the biodiversity and land, coastal, and marine resources.

The UNESCO website describes the Orinoco Delta as a place characterized for a great biodiversity of its terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This location is home to more than 2,000 botanical species and a vast array of terrestrial and aquatic animals.

The biodiversity of the reserve is part of the rich cultural legacy of the Warao peoples, who live in the delta. The promotion of productive activities in the zone offers the possibility of strengthening the communities of these indigenous people in order to protect their settlements and improve their conditions of life.
 
Bolivarian News Agency, Press Unit of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / May 27, 2009

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