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Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

This site at the southern tip of Florida has been called 'a river of grass flowing imperceptibly from the hinterland into the sea'. The exceptional variety of its water habitats has made it a sanctuary for a large number of birds and reptiles, as well as for threatened species such as the manatee.

Parc national des Everglades

De ce site qui se trouve à la pointe sud de la Floride, on a dit qu'il était un fleuve d'herbe coulant imperceptiblement de l'intérieur des terres vers la mer. L'exceptionnelle variété de ses habitats aquatiques en fait le sanctuaire d'un nombre considérable d'oiseaux, de reptiles et d'espèces menacées comme le lamantin.

منتزه إيفرغلايدس الوطني

أُطلق على الموقع الموجود عند الطرف الجنوبي لفلوريدا لقب نهر من الأعشاب المتدفقة خفيّةً من داخل الأراضي إلى البحر. ونظراً لتنوّع المساكن البحريّة، أصبح هذا المنتزه ملاذ العديد من الحيوانات والزواحف والأصناف المهددة مثل خروف البحر.

source: UNESCO/ERI



source: UNESCO/ERI

Национальный парк Эверглейдс

Эта местность, что на самой южной оконечности Флориды, была прозвана «Травяной рекой, впадающей в море». Разнообразные водно-болотные экосистемы служат убежищем для огромной массы пернатых, рептилий, а также некоторых исчезающих видов, таких как ламантин.

source: UNESCO/ERI

Parque Nacional de Everglades

De este parque, situado en el extremo sur de la península de Florida, se ha dicho que es como un río de hierba que se desliza imperceptiblemente desde tierra adentro hacia el mar. La excepcional variedad de sus hábitats acuáticos lo ha convertido en santuario de un sinnúmero de aves y de reptiles, y también de especies amenazadas como el manatí.

source: UNESCO/ERI


source: NFUAJ

Nationaal Park Everglades

Deze plek in het zuidelijke puntje van Florida wordt ook wel de 'rivier van gras die ongemerkt vanuit het achterland de zee instroomt' genoemd. De uitzonderlijke verscheidenheid op gebied van waterhabitats heeft het park gemaakt tot een toevluchtsoord voor een groot aantal vogels, reptielen en bedreigde soorten, zoals de zeekoe. Op 6 december 1947 werd de Everglades uitgeroepen tot nationaal park. Het park werd in 1976 erkend als een biosfeerreservaat, in 1979 vermeld op de Werelderfgoedlijst en in 1987 aangewezen als watergebied van internationale betekenis. De totale oppervlakte van het nationaal park werd in 1989 uitgebreid van 566 naar 788 hectare.

Source: unesco.nl

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Everglades National Park © UNESCO
Statement of Significance

Everglades National Park is the largest designated sub-tropical wilderness reserve on the North American continent. Its juncture at the interface of temperate and sub-tropical America, fresh and brackish water, shallow bays and deeper coastal waters creates a complex of habitats supporting a high diversity of flora and fauna. It contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere, the largest continuous stand of sawgrass prairie and the most significant breeding ground for wading birds in North America.

Criterion (viii): The Everglades is a vast, nearly flat, seabed that was submerged at the end of the last Ice Age. Its limestone substrate is one of the most active areas of modern carbonate sedimentation.

Criterion (ix): The Everglades contains vast subtropical wetlands and coastal/marine ecosystems including freshwater marshes, tropical hardwood hammocks, pine rocklands, extensive mangrove forests, saltwater marshes, and seagrass ecosystems important to commercial and recreational fisheries. Complex biological processes range from basic algal associations through progressively higher species and ultimately to primary predators such as the alligator, crocodile, and Florida panther; the food chain is superbly evident and unbroken. The mixture of subtropical and temperate wildlife species is found nowhere else in the United States.

Criterion (x): Everglades National Park is a noteworthy example of viable biological processes. The exceptional variety of its water habitats has made it a sanctuary for a large number of birds and reptiles and it provides refuge for over 20 rare, endangered, and threatened species. These include the Florida panther, snail kite, alligator, crocodile, and manatee. It provides important foraging and breeding habitat for more than 400 species of birds, includes the most significant breeding grounds for wading birds in North America and is a major corridor for migration.

Long Description

Everglades National Park is situated on the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula. The park is bounded by the Gulf of Mexico to the west, the Tamiami Trail and mostly state lands to the north and the Florida Keys to the south and south-east. It includes most of Florida Bay. The biosphere reserve includes Dry Tortugas National Park, a group of seven coral reefs and surrounding shoals, coral reefs and waters.

Everglades National Park is a shallow basin tilted to the south-west and underlain by extensive Pleistocene limestone with oolitic and bryozoan facies. The park serves as a vital recharge area for the Biscayne Aquifer, a major source of freshwater for Miami and south-east Florida. It lies at the interface between temperate and subtropical America and between fresh and brackish water, shallow bays and deeper coastal waters, thus creating a complex of habitats supporting a high diversity of flora and fauna. The area of transition from freshwater (glades) to saltwater (mangrove) is a highly productive zone that incubates great numbers of economically valuable crustacea. The vegetation and flora of south Florida have fascinated scientists and naturalists since their discovery and were a primary reason for the establishment of the park. One cause of this fascination is the presence of a high percentage of West Indian species. A noteworthy feature is the rather high degree of local endemism. Hammocks or tree islands are dominated by hardwood species of both tropical and temperate affinities. The most important trees are mangroves, taxa, slash pine and cypress. Prairies can be dominated by sawgrass, muhley grass, or cordgrass in coastal areas.

The Everglades protect 800 species of land and water vertebrates, including over 14 threatened species, and 25 mammals, over 400 bird species, 60 known species of reptile, amphibian and insect, including two threatened swallowtail butterfly species. Over 20 species of snake have been recorded, including the threatened indigo snake. More than 275 species of fish are known from the Everglades, most inhabiting the marine and estuarine waters. Several species are important game species that attract thousands of anglers to the park. During autumn a continuous procession of songbirds and other migrants fly over or rest on these islands.

The park is rich in both prehistoric and historic heritage: it contains 200 known archaeological sites. A Native American group, the Miccosukee tribe of Florida, has a special use permit area inside the park. Fort Jefferson, in Dry Tortugas National Park, is the largest brick masonry fort in America. It was large enough to garrison 1,500 men, but was never involved in battle, although it did secure a post for Union forces during the Civil War and afterwards served as a prison. The park's northern boundary is retained by the Miccosukee Indians under a special use permit for community development.

Historical Description

Declared a national park on 6 December 1947 under the May 1934 Act of Congress. The park was accepted as a biosphere reserve in 1976, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979, and was designated a Ramsar site (Wetland of International Significance) in 1987. The total area of the national park was increased in 1989 from its original size of 566, 788ha to its current size.

Source: Advisory Body Evaluation