Bosques de Paz biosphere reserve (Ecuador / Peru)

Located in south-western Ecuador and northeast Peru, the site covers a total area of 1,616,988 ha. It includes areas of the western foothills of the Andes, with altitudes up to 3,080 meters, which has resulted in a unique biological diversity with a high degree of endemism. The biosphere reserve includes seasonaly dry forests of Ecuador and Peru that form the heart of the Endemic Region of Tumbes, one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. This region is home to 59 endemic bird species, 14 of which are endangered. There are about 617,000 inhabitants, the most important activities are livestock and tourism.

Following the Peace Agreement between Peru and Ecuador in 1998, both countries have been strengthening their fraternal ties, trust and cooperation in diverse areas. This transboundary Biosphere Reserve stems from these efforts.

Designation Date: 2017
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Surface area: 1,616,988.42 ha
Core area(s): 237,638.76 ha
Buffer area(s): 478,165.28 ha
Transition area(s): 901,184.38 ha

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Last updated in June 2017

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