Biosphere Reserve – Santana municipality, located on the north of the Island, was honoured on June 2011 by the UNESCO with the award of “Biosphere Reserve”, recognizing the richness of an ecosystem, which strives to connect the importance of the sustainable use of biodiversity preservation.

This reserve combines both land and maritime areas which integrated in this municipality, displaying a large diversity of natural, human, landscape, cultural and environment values of local, regional, national and international interest

The rich natural ecosystem incorporates a high degree of endemic species that represents most of the significant ecological units of the island, in terms of marine and coastal varieties, and also some high altitude vegetation species, amongst which Laurissilva Forest, World Natural Heritage by UNESCO.

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