Nariva Swamp

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Nariva Swamp

  • Country: 
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    6,234 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    10°22'N 61°04'W
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Nariva Swamp. 21/12/92; Trinidad; 6,234 ha; 10°23'N 061°04'W. Added to the Montreux Record, 16 June 1993; removed from the Record, 7 January 2002. Forest Reserve. Extensive complex of freshwater swamp forest, permanent herbaceous swamp, seasonally flooded marshes, and mangrove forest. The area supports a rich fauna: at least 13 species of birds, notably Ara ararauna (at least highly endangered; probably extinct); various mammals, including Trichechus manatus (endangered), and reptiles. The fishery provides a livelihood for local people. Human activities include rice, watermelon and marijuana production, felling of mangroves to supply bark to the tanning industry. Subject of a Ramsar Advisory Mission in 1995. Ramsar site no. 577. Most recent RIS information: 1997.

Administrative region: 

  • National legal designation: 
    • Forest Reserve - Ortoire Nariva Windbelt
    • Prohibited Area
    • Wildlife Sanctuary - Bush Bush
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