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Central Suriname Nature Reserve World Heritage Site

Réserve naturelle du Suriname central, Suriname

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The Central Suriname Nature Reserve (Dutch: Centraal Suriname Natuurreservaat (CSNR)) was created in 1998 by Conservation International and the government of Suriname. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 for its pristine tropical rainforest ecosystem, and contains 16,000 square kilometres (6,178 sq mi) of both montane and lowland primary tropical forest including sections of the Guyana Highlands.

Some of the most outstanding features in Central Suriname Nature Reserve are several granite domes - uplifted monoliths of granite rising high above the surrounding rainforest. Barren surface of dark-colored granite is exposed to impact of Sun thus creating unique xerophytic biotope which includes also endemic plant species. The best known granite dome is the 245 m high Voltzberg.

Other attractions include the Julianatop (1230 m), the highest mountain in Suriname, the Tafelberg (Table Mountain, 1026 meters), the Van Stockum Berg (360 m), Duivelsei (Devil's Egg), a rock seemingly balanced on the edge of a mountain.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 4°0′0″N 56°30′0″W / 4.00000°N 56.50000°W / 4.00000; -56.50000

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  • WDPA ID220298
  • NameCentral Suriname Nature Reserve
  • Original NameRéserve naturelle du Suriname central
  • Country / TerritorySUR
  • Sub locationSR-SI
  • IUCN CategoryNot ApplicableWhat is this?
  • English DesignationWorld Heritage Site
  • Designation TypeInternational
  • StatusInscribed
  • Status Year2000
  • Reported Area km216000.0
  • Marinefalse
  • Governance TypeNot Reported
  • International Criteria(ix)(x)
  • Management AuthorityNot Reported
  • Management Plan URLNot Reported




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