Los Katíos National Park is a national park in Colombia. It covers an area of 278 square miles, equivalent to 72,000 hectars, on the northwestern part of Colombia, and is contiguous to Darién National Park in Panama.
Los Katíos National Park includes low hills, forests and humid plains. The park has an outstanding diversity of flora and fauna, and is also the home of many endemic plants and endangered animals. Within an area which is less than 1% of Colombia, Los Katíos National Park contains 25% of all the bird species found in the country.
In recognition of its outstanding value to humanity, Los Katíos National Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 18th session of the World Heritage Committee which was held in Phuket, Thailand, from 12th to the 17th of December, 1994.
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 7 40 0 W 77 0 0 in the Provinces of Antioquia and Choco
Inscription Year: 1994
Added to List of World Heritage in Danger in 2009
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: IX, X
List of World Heritage in Danger
Los Katíos National Park was placed on the list of World Heritage in Danger in 2009. This is due to the extreme concern of the World Heritage Committee over the existing and potential threats to the Outstanding Universal Value of the national park as described in the state of conservation report submitted by the government of Colombia.
The government of Colombia had requested the inscription of Los Katíos National Park in the List of World Heritage in Danger so as to call local as well as international attention to it, and get help to address the threats.
Los Katíos National Park is one of the three sites placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2009. The other two are the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System and the Historical Monuments of Mtskheta.
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