Thursday, June 3

UNESCO designates Nicaragua's Ometepe Island as Biosphere Reserve

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Wednesday designated the Nicaraguan Island of Ometepe as a world Biosphere Reserve.

The decision was announced in Paris during the 22th session of the International Coordination Council of the Mankind and the Biosphere, said Claudia Valle, assistant secretary of the Nicaraguan delegation to UNESCO.

Valle told local daily La Prensa that Ometepe's candidacy was approved unanimously at the meeting.

"This commits all the Nicaraguan people to duplicate the efforts for conservation and effective preservation of people's living in the Reserves of the Biosphere, for their management and efficient operation of the natural resources," Valle said.

Located in the Great Lake of Nicaragua, Ometepe Island covers an area of 276 square kilometers and is one of the biggest freshwater islands in the world. The island is formed by the two volcanoes of Concepcion and Madera.