Rio Juruá

Fabio Chicuta
Fabio Chicuta
Fabio Chicuta
Fabio Chicuta
Fabio Chicuta

Rio Juruá

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  • Area: 
    2,136,489 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    05°09'S 67°13'W
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Rio Juruá, located in the upper Amazon basin, is formed by a complex system of rivers, canals, lakes, seasonal rivers, and floodplain forests. The Site, an exemplary freshwater Amazon floodplain forest, is a priority area for conservation of reptile and amphibian species including the big-headed Amazon river turtle (Peltocephalus dumerilianus), the six-tubercled Amazon river turtle (Podocnemis sextuberculata) and the yellow-spotted river turtle (Podocnemis unifilis). The Site also provides habitat to 392 fish species as well as threatened species such as the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), the Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis), the Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris) and the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), the giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) and the bald-headed uacari (Cacajao calvus). Rio Juruá provides ecosystem services to more than 130,000 people, varying from the provision of food and fresh water, to protection against erosion, recreation and education activities. The main current threats to the Site relate to its unsustainable use for logging and hunting.

Administrative region: 
Amazonas State

  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • Extractive Reserve Federal - Federal Baixo Jurua Resex
    • Extractive Reserve Federal - Federal Medio Jurua Resex
    • Indigenous Land - Deni
    • Sustainable Development State Reserve - RDS Uacari
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