The Island of Príncipe (Sao Tome and Principe)

The Island of Príncipe, Sao Tome and Principe, is the country’s first Biosphere Reserve. It is the oldest of  three oceanic volcanic islands in the Gulf of Guinea..  The area includes the entire emerged area of the island of Príncipe, its islets and Tinhosas islands.  It is home to great biodiversity in terrestrial as well as in marine ecosystems, and is an important place for the reproduction of sea turtles, seabirds and cetaceans.  The main economic activities are agriculture, fishing and tourism. It can be considered as a model for promoting integrated eco-tourism development in similar islands and may serve as the basis for a larger marine and terrestrial buffer zone.

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