Area de Conservación Guanacaste



CountryCosta Rica
UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationGuanacaste and Alajuela provinces
CoordinatesN10 50 60 W85 37 0
Inscription Date1999
Extension2004
Property (ha)147,000
Type of HeritageNatural
CriteriaTo be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial; fresh water; coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals
CriteriaTo contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity; including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation
Unesco Reference Number928
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/928
DescriptionThe Area de Conservación Guanacaste (inscribed in 1999), was extended with the addition of a 15,000 ha private property, St Elena. It contains important natural habitats for the conservation of biological diversity, including the best dry forest habitats from Central America to northern Mexico and key habitats for endangered or rare plant and animal species. The site demonstrates significant ecological processes in both its terrestrial and marine-coastal environments.
StatusWorld Heritage Site