Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves



CountryBrazil
UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationAtlantic Coast, states of Bahia and Espirito Santo, northeast Brazil
CoordinatesS16 30 0 W39 15 0
Inscription Date1999
Property (ha)111,930
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 Number892
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/892
DescriptionThe Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves, in the states of Bahia and Espírito Santo, consist of eight separate protected areas containing 112,000 ha of Atlantic forest and associated shrub (). The rainforests of Brazil’s Atlantic coast are the world’s richest in terms of biodiversity. The site contains a distinct range of species with a high level of endemism and reveals a pattern of evolution that is not only of great scientific interest but is also of importance for conservation.
StatusWorld Heritage Site