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Vocabulary Term Details

Nature reserves

Definition (http://www.eionet.europa.eu/gemet/concept?cp=5545&langcode=en&ns=1)

Areas allocated to preserve and protect certain animals and plants, or both. They differ from national park, which are largely a place for public recreation, because they are provided exclusively to protect species for their own sake. Endangered species are increasingly being kept in nature reserves to prevent them from extinction, particularly in India, Indonesia and some African countries. Natural reserves were used once to preserve the animals that landowners hunted, but, in the 19th century, they became places where animals were kept to prevent them from dying out. Special refuges and sanctuaries are also often designated to protect certain species or groups of wild animals or plants, especially if their numbers and distribution have been significantly reduced. (Gemet)

Preferred Units: N/A

Scope Note:
N/A

Broader TermsNarrower TermsRelated Terms
Protected areas
National parks
Land use
Natural heritage
Nature conservation
Wildlife

This term is used for the following terms: 
Biosphere reserves
Parks (reserves)
Wildlife parks

Approved Date
08-Aug-2014

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