Flores's Natural Park


The creation of Natural Parks all over the islands had the goal of aggregation of all protected areas, on several protection status, acting as a management tool simplifying the laws to its administration.

On the Natural Park we find terrestrial and marine ecosystems that enclosure the most important parts most significant features in the biodiversity and geodiversity. The Protected Areas that incorporate the Flores's Natural Park are classified as Nature Reserve (Ilhéu Maria Vaz, Morro Alto e Pico da Sé and Caldeira Funda e Rasa); Natural Monument (Rocha dos Bordões); Protected Area for the Management of Habitats and Species (Costa Nordeste; Ponta da Caveira and Costa Sul e Sudoeste), Protected Landscape Area (Zona Central e Falésias da Costa Oeste) and Protected Area of Resources Management (Costa Norte).


Flores's Natural Park was created by the Regional Legislative Decree nº 8/2011/A,of March 23.



Flores Island Biosphere Reserve

Flores Island, at 2009 May 27th Joined to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, together with Corvo and Graciosa.
Flores Island Biosphere Reserve includes the whole emerged area of the island and an adjacent sea area, covering a total area of 58,619 hectares, containing in its interior landscape, geological, environmental and cultural values that are unique in a regional, national and international scale.
Flores Island Biosphere Reserve has places with international importance because are nesting places to important marine birds.
The high and wetlands of the Central Plateau includes the largest and best preserved Atlantic bog associated to the greatest azorean juniper (Juniperus brevifolia) forest of the Azores, critical to the water balance of the island and the characteristic waterfalls and streams that define the landscape.
The rising of the island into a Biosphere Reserve reinforced the legitimacy of the actions promoted by the Natural Park and also had an international projection, by encouraging activities that promote the biodiversity, from the nature tourism to the increasing of the value of local products. Also came to encourage research projects, which promote international cooperation for sustainable development.
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