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The importance of the Laurissilva WHS status.

According to several authorities the classification of the "Laurissilva" as a World Heritage Site is of great importance to Madeira and Portugal. Bazenga Marques, the Regional Secretary for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, affirmed that once the Laurissilva acquires World Heritage Site status financial aid in the form of nature conservation funds would be made available more easily to the local authorities to further promote, protect and preserve the treasured forest. The government representative went on further to mention that this programme will help incentivise more the local population to the importance of furthering nature conservation.

Who controls or administers the area of the Laurissilva?

The Laurissilva Forest
The Laurissilva forest covers large areas of the island of Madeira.
Source: "Conheça o Parque Natural da Madeira"

The Laurissilva is an area controlled by the government authority known as the "Parque Natural da Madeira" or "Madeira Nature Park". It is competently administered by Henrique Costa Neves (also the co-author of the book "Conheça o Parque Natural da Madeira"- translated as "Getting to Know the Madeira Nature Park").

The Laurissilva qualification as a World Heritage Site

According to the director of the Parque Natural da Madeira the Laurissilva qualifies for two of any single four criteria needed to elevate the nature reserve to World Heritage Status.
Henrique Costa Neves elaborated on the two criteria that qualifies the Laurissilva:

First, as a nature site whose importance is that it exemplifies the ecological and biological processes underway in the development of a unique ecosystem and community of fauna and flora

Secondly, being a nature reserve conserving fauna and flora that are subject to extinction in its own natural environment and whose preservation helps maintain the ideal goal of maximum global or universal biodiversity, not only for future conservation and protection, but also for scientific research


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