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5,000 new species catalogued in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Research for the updating of Costa Rica's National Biodiversity Strategy has detected roughly 5,000 new species in the Central American country, officials said. The number of documented species grew from 87,000 in 2009 to around 92,000 this year, the executive director of the National Commission for Biodiversity Management, Marta Jimenez, told Efe. But the study also highlighted threats to biodiversity, including the expansion of human settlement, pollution, overexploitation of resources, invasive species and climate change.

UNESCO chief visits 2 biosphere reserves in Nicaragua

Managua, May 9 (EFE).- UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova inspected two of the three biosphere reserves in Nicaragua to get a firsthand look at their condition, first lady Rosario Murillo said. Bokova, who arrived in the Central American country for an official visit on Wednesday, flew over the Rio San Juan and Ometepe Island biosphere reserves. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, official was accompanied on the inspection tour Wednesday by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Juana Argeñal.
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