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Araguaia National Park (Parque Nacional do Araguaia)





Location: Tocantins  Map




Description of Araguaia National Park

Araguaia National Park is a protected area in Tocantins state in Brazil. Initially, Araguaya Park occupied the entire area of ​​Bananal Island in 2 million hectares. To date, after some changes in the boundaries of the park, it occupies only a small part of the territory in the northern part of the island, which is 180,056 ha (5623 km²).

December 17, 1959 - Bananaal is transferred to Goias by order No. 2370 to create the Araguaya National Park.
December 31, 1959 - President Juscelino Kubitschek di Oliveira creates the Araguaia National Park.
March 1, 1973 - President Emílio Garrastazu Médici issues decree No. 71879 on assigning to the park only one third of the island, located at the northern end.
June 24, 1980 - President João Batista Figueiredo, by decree No. 84444, gives an area of ​​557714 hectares to the Araguaia National Park in the northern part of Bananal Island.
April 18, 2006 - President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, by his decree, transferred part of the park to the Javaés Indians, thereby reducing the area of ​​Araguaia to 180 056 ha.

The park occupies the northern tip of Bananal Island in the southwest of the state of Tocantins and includes parts of the municipalities of Piun and Lagoa da Confusan. Araguaya National Park is located in the zone where the Amazonian forest ecoregions converge with the landscapes of Serrado and Pantanal, and animals belonging to these 3 biomes live in this territory, as well as an extremely diverse flora with various rare natural beauty landscapes. The main goal of this national park is not to attract tourists and visitors, but to carry out work to preserve the wide variety of biological diversity that is available here today.

Currently, Araguaya National Park is managed by the Chico Mendes Biodiversity Institute, the local branch of the institution is located in Piuna, Tocantins.







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