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Environment Minister Orlando Jorge Mera and Inka Mattila, resident representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) were in Montecristi this past weekend for the inauguration of several improved facilities in the province’s national parks. The works were built with major contributions from the UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that financed the improvements.

They were the new pier at Isla Cabra, belonging to the Montecristi National Underwater Park, and the floating platform at the Estero Balsa Mangroves National Park. The pier responds to requests from tour operators for better safety for tourists booking their excursions in Montecristi. The platform will serve as a stopover for tourists enjoying aquatic activities in the mangroves and/or bird watching.

Montecristi has eight protected areas that account for 25% of...

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