Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves



CountryBrazil
UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationPernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte States
CoordinatesS3 51 28.6 W32 25 30.4
Inscription Date2001
Property (ha)42,270
Buffer Zone (ha)140,713
Type of HeritageNatural
CriteriaTo contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance
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 Number1000
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1000
DescriptionPeaks of the Southern Atlantic submarine ridge form the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago and Rocas Atoll off the coast of Brazil. They represent a large proportion of the island surface of the South Atlantic and their rich waters are extremely important for the breeding and feeding of tuna, shark, turtle and marine mammals. The islands are home to the largest concentration of tropical seabirds in the Western Atlantic. Baia de Golfinhos has an exceptional population of resident dolphin and at low tide the Rocas Atoll provides a spectacular seascape of lagoons and tidal pools teeming with fish.
StatusWorld Heritage Site