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Category Ia. Aldabra Atoll National Park and World Heritage Site: Seychelles. Strictly protected to conserve biodiversity and geodiversity, where human visitation is controlled. Reference sites for research and monitoring. Should generally be : - Ecologically intact

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Category Ia

Aldabra Atoll National Park and World Heritage Site: Seychelles


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  • Strictly protected to conserve biodiversity and geodiversity, where human visitation is controlled. Reference sites for research and monitoring.

  • Should generally be :

  • - Ecologically intact

  • - Free of human disturbance

  • - Managed for low visitation

  • Capable of surviving without intervention

  • Suitable for baseline monitoring

Aldabra Atoll National Park and World Heritage Site: Seychelles


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Category Ib geodiversity, where human visitation is controlled. Reference sites for research and monitoring.

Imfolozi Wilderness Area, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa


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  • Usually large unmodified / slightly modified areas, retaining natural character and influence, without permanent or significant human habitation, managed to preserve their natural condition

  • Should generally

  • Be free of modern infrastructure and agriculture

  • Have intact species and ecology

  • Be large enough to protect biodiversity

  • Avoid inappropriate and excessive human use

  • Offer outstanding wilderness experience

Imfolozi Wilderness Area, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa


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Category II retaining natural character and influence, without permanent or significant human habitation, managed to preserve their natural condition

Bach Ma National Park, Vietnam


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  • Natural areas protecting large-scale ecological processes with characteristic species and ecosystems. Also provide spiritual, scientific, educational and recreational opportunities

  • Should generally

  • Contain examples of major natural regions

  • Be large enough to maintain ecosystems

  • Be in a natural or near-natural state

  • Inform and excite visitors about conservation

Bach Ma National Park, Vietnam


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Category III with characteristic species and ecosystems. Also provide spiritual, scientific, educational and recreational opportunities

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument: United States


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  • Protecting a natural monument – a landform, sea mount, geological feature or even a living feature like an ancient grove – with high visitor value.

  • Should generally contain one or more of:

  • Natural geological / geomorphological features

  • Culturally-influenced natural features

  • Natural-cultural sites – e.g. sacred groves

  • Cultural sites with important ecology

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument: United States


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Category IV geological feature or even a living feature like an ancient grove – with high visitor value.

Island of Vilm, Germany


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  • Protecting particular species or habitats. Many will need regular management to meet the needs of species or habitats, but this is not a requirement.

  • Should address one or more of the following:

  • Protection of particular species / habitats

  • Active management to maintain target species

  • Management of natural/semi natural habitats

  • Management of culturally-defined ecosystems

Island of Vilm, Germany


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Category V regular management to meet the needs of species or habitats, but this is not a requirement.

Snowdonia National Park, Wales, UK


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Snowdonia National Park, Wales, UK


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Category VI scenic values created by a long-term interaction of people and nature

Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve, Brazil


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  • Protecting generally large ecosystems & habitats, mostly in a more-or-less natural condition, where a proportion use sustainable, non-industrial, natural resource management as a means to conservation

  • Should generally:

  • Promote sustainable resource use

  • Aim to conserve ecosystems and habitats

  • Retain a substantial area in a natural condition

  • Help to maintain local community livelihoods

Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve, Brazil


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