Venezuela announces complete reworking of national PA system

Caracas, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is planning to reorganize its national system of protected areas, covering over 50 percent of the territory, Environment Minister Alejandro Hitcher announced.

He noted that Venezuela is a megadiverse country, where coastal, forest, desert, flat and mountainous ecosystems coexist and are home to six percent of the world's vascular flora.

Hitcher recalled that under previous governments, areas were declared protected and then they were neglected.

Now we are making necessary corrections so that those sites are able to operate with their organization plans, regulations and environmental management efforts to derive maximum benefits, he said.

Some national parks and reserves will be extended and some others will be reduced, he told Prensa Latina.

The country's natural jewels include the Canaima National Park, declared world heritage, which is the home to El Angel, the world's highest waterfall, and to the famous tepuyes or flat-top mountains.