Central Amazon Conservation Complex



CountryBrazil
UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationState of Amazonas
CoordinatesS2 19 60 W62 0 30
Inscription Date2000
Extension2003
Property (ha)5,323,018
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 Number998
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/998
DescriptionThe Central Amazon Conservation Complex makes up the largest protected area in the Amazon Basin (over 6 million hectares) and is one of the planet’s richest regions in terms of biodiversity. It also includes an important sample of varzea ecosystems, igapó forests, lakes and channels which take the form of a constantly evolving aquatic mosaic that is home to the largest array of electric fish in the world. The site protects key threatened species, including giant arapaima fish, the Amazonian manatee, the black caiman and two species of river dolphin.
StatusWorld Heritage Site