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Biological diversity


A clearly defined geographical space, recognised, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values. (Source: IUCN)

Portions of land protected by special restrictions and laws for the conservation of the natural environment. They include large tracts of land set aside for the protection of wildlife and its habitat; areas of great natural beauty or unique interest; areas containing rare forms of plant and animal life; areas representing unusual geologic formation; places of historic and prehistoric interest; areas containing ecosystems of special importance for scientific investigation and study; and areas which safeguard the needs of the biosphere. (Source:GEMET- DODERO / WPR)


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conserved area
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espace protégé
охраняемый район
espacios protegidos
منطقة محمية

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In situ conservation - Protecting the Protected Areas: Partnering to Expand the Most Precious 17% of the Planet