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Mamirau (Mamiraua)

General Information

Description The Mamirau reserve in Brazil is one of the largest "wetlands of international importance" in the world,and contains several lakes.
Country Brazil
Latitude -2° 18' 0" (-2.3000)
Longitude -66° 20' 0" (-66.3333)


 Latin America & Mexico Biodiversity Conservation Priorities

Physical Characteristics



Economic Value As a result of Brazil's apparently successful melding of nature preserve and sustainable development area, the Mamirau area enjoys a higher standard of living than virtually any other region in rural Brazil.
Major Cities

Watershed Management

Description The Brazilian Government declared Mamirauá a "Sustainable Development Reserve" in 1996,making it the first protected area of its kind ever established in Latin America. The designation meant that local people already living within the reserve, could remain there, and also take on an active role in its management. Today, many of Mamirauá's residents act as wardens, patrolling its waters and preventing an influx of poachers and illegal loggers (Wildlife Conservation Society). A management plan for the Reserve is in place.

Biodiversity Conservation

Description Certain areas of the reserve have been declared sanctuaries where fish can spawn. Other locations are managed for subsistence fishing, while in other regions in Mamirauá fish can be harvested commercially.

According to the Ramsar Bureau, the Mamirau Reserve has high levels of endemism.

Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
Species of Concern



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
Brazilian National Resources Policy: Law No. 9433, Jan. 1997.

Additional Data Sources

Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.

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