Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves (1999)

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The Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves, in the states of Bahia and Espírito Santo, consist of eight separate protected areas containing 112,000 ha of Atlantic forest and associated shrub (restingas). The rainforests of Brazil's Atlantic coast are the world's richest in terms of biodiversity. The site contains a distinct range of species with a high level of endemism and reveals a pattern of evolution that is not only of great scientific interest but is also of importance for conservation.  

 Brazil 1991. Souvenir sheet issued for Brapex VIII, 1991.

In 2000 Brazil commemorated the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the country. Two souvenir sheets were issued, the first in 1999, showing a map of the country with drawings of both indigenous people and migrants. The second sheet was issued in 2000, showing a variety of subjects covering tidbits of Brazilian history.  

Brazil 1999. Souvenir sheet. 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brazil in the year 1500, eight years later than Columbus' landing.

Brazil 2000. Souvenir sheet. 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brazil.

In its justification for inscription UNESCO states that the Brazilian Discovery Coast includes a number of areas containing the best and largest remaining examples of Atlantic forest in the northeast region of Brazil and contains high numbers of rare and endemic species. The site displays the biological richness and evolutionary history of the few remaining areas of Atlantic forest of northeast Brazil. The site reveals a pattern of evolution of great interest to science and importance for conservation. The fact that only these few scattered remnants of a once vast forest remain, make them an irreplaceable part of the world’s forest heritage. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Brazil (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Brazil-section, for further information about the individual properties. 

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