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New conservation areas considered in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The lowlands behind Barra de Tijuca, including parts of Vargem, Recreio, and Jacarepaguá neighborhoods, are undergoing analysis and consultation for the possible creation of two new conservation units (UCs) by the Municipal Secretariat for the Environment.

Unlike the highlands nearby, where all lands above 100 meters are part of Pedra Branca State Park, these regions are not fully protected. They have been subject to increasing development over the years.

This region comprises the largest remaining area of swamp and marshland in what was described as the “sertão carioca” (Rio Backlands) by author Armando Magalhães . . .

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