Factsheet: SNUC


Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
National System of Protected Areas SNUC
National System of Protected Areas forms a National System of Nature Conservation Units, with criteria and restrictions for the protection and sustainable use of conservation areas. On July 18, 2000, through Law 9985, the Brazilian Government created the National System of Protected Areas (SNUC, in Portuguese), in order to establish a robust mechanism to ensure the creation, management and consolidation of protected areas (PAs) in Brazil. PAs, such as Parks, Extractive Reserves and Private Reserves (or ‘RPPNs’ in Portuguese), represent a priceless national heritage, with a huge potential to promote benefits that are significant to human well-being and development of the country in a rational and sustainable way. The existence of these areas generates benefits for society, through so-called environmental services, among which include: the continuous supply of good quality water, the microclimate improvement in regions with extreme temperatures and excessive pollution and the pollination which ensures high productivity for agricultural crops. There is also the role of PAs to ensure in situ genetic repositories, protection and conservation of soil, reduction of natural disaster severity, mitigation of the effects of climate change, among others.
Regulate protection and management of forests
Responsible Authority: 
Sistema Nacional de Unidades de Conservação SNUC


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