Nature reserves of Guelphia
IUCN category Ia
(strict nature reserve)
|Managing authority||Royal National Parks Service|
Nature Reserves are the highest form of protected area in Guelphia. Defined as having flora and fauna in need of protection or study, there are currently xxx nature reserves gazetted across the country. Nature reserves currently occupy x.xx% of the total area of Guelphia.
Unlike other protected areas, nature reserves do not normally have recreational facilities and are often closed to the general public. The care and maintenance of all nature reserves is the responsibility of the Royal National Parks Service.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature defines a nature reserve as:
An area of land and/or sea possessing some outstanding or representative ecosystems, geological or physiological features and/or species, available primarily for scientific research and/or environmental monitoring.
References and notes
- Badman, Tim; Bomhard, Bastian. "World Heritage and Protected Areas 2008 Edition" (PDF). IUCN. p. 2. http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/world_heritage_and_protected_areas_2008.pdf. Retrieved 29 November 2008.