Jeanette Kawas National Park
Jeanette Kawas, Honduras
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1 January 1988
Jeanette Kawas National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Jeannette Kawas) is a national park located in the municipality of Tela, on the northern Caribbean coast of the Atlántida department of Honduras. It was established on 1 January 1988 and covers an area of 781.62 square kilometres. It has an altitude of 900 metres. The park was created and is managed by the PROLANSATE foundation (protection of Lancetilla, Punta Sal and Texiguat).
The park was originally named Punta Sal National Park, but the name was changed to Jeanette Kawas National Park in honor of Jeanette Kawas, an environmental activist and PROLANSATE president who was murdered on February 6, 1995 for her work trying to keep the palm plantations out of the park.
Jeanette Kawas National Park is part of the Ramsar Convention List of Wetlands of International Importance and was designated as such on March 28th 1995.
Located at 15º51'N 087º40'W between longitudes 87º29' and 87º52' west and latitudes 15º42' and 16º00' north on the northern coast of Honduras. It has an area of 781.5 square kilometers.
The park is made up of varied marine, terrestrial and wetlands ecosystems with a large number of species. These ecosystems include: beaches, tropical forests, inundated forests, mangroves forests, lagoon and rivers.
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