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Biodiversity Day is the motto for announcing the creation of three new environmental conservation areas

Kumbira Forest, Serra do Pingano and Morro do Moco will be the three new conservation areas to be created in the country.

: Morro do Moco - José Manuel Lima da Silva
Morro do Moco - José Manuel Lima da Silva  

The information was advanced by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment, in a note sent about the International Day for Biodiversity, which is marked this Friday.

The document draws attention to the devastating losses of irreplaceable species to the benefit of human beings. The ministry recalls that the 22nd of May aims to raise awareness among the world population about the importance of biological diversity, in addition to the need for its protection in all ecosystems on the planet.

Also according to the ministry under the supervision of biologist Adjany Costa, the country has developed projects that seek to contribute to the updating and knowledge of Angola's biodiversity and its conservation.

Among these, the creation of three terrestrial conservation areas in the National Parks of Maiombe, Mavinga and Luengue-Luiana stands out, increasing the conserved area from 6.6 percent to 13 percent.

The creation of the first marine conservation area is also planned, in the provinces of Cuanza Sul, Uíge, Huambo and Namibe.

With regard to herpetofauna, the ministerial department highlights the registration of more than 400 species, distributed in 117 amphibians and 278 reptiles. Of these, 36 species are endemic and seven are new to science (six reptiles and one amphibian).