Guiana Amazonian Park (French Guiana)

Guiana Amazonian Park (French Guiana)

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 18:53
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The territory of Guiana Amazonian Park covers 40% of French Guiana, making it the largest national park of France and of the European Union. Bordered by the Brazilian National park of Tumucumaque, they together form one of the largest protected spaces in the world.

Guiana Amazonian Park is one of the ten national parks of France, aiming at protecting part of the Amazonian forest located in French Guiana. It is delimited by two great rivers: the Oyapock, on the border with Brazil, and the Maroni, on the border with Suriname.

The territory of the Guiana Amazonian Park covers 40% of French Guiana, making it the largest national park of France and of the European Union. Bordered by the Brazilian National park of Tumucumaque, they together form one of the largest protected spaces in the world.

The protected area covers some 20,300 sq km (7,840 sq mi) for the central area (where full protection is enforced) and 13,600 sq km (5,250 sq mi) for the secondary area. Thus, the overall protected area represents some 33,900 sq km (13,090 sq mi) of rainforest.

Difficult to access, it protects one of the strongest biodiversity zones on the planet, as well as the original ways of life and the human activities of the inhabitants of the rivers and forest. It is home to the Apalaï, Tilïo, Wayana, Wayãpi and Téko Amerindians and also to the Aluku, the Maroni, the Creoles and the Metropolitans.