Planalto Central de São Jorge

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Planalto Central de São Jorge

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  • Area: 
    231 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    38°39'N 28°04'W
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Planalto Central de São Jorge (Pico da Esperança). 16/06/08; Archipiélago de las Azores; 231 ha; 38°39'N 028°04'W. Sitio de Importância Comunitária SIC, Nature Reserve. The site, a plain on the top of the plateau of São Jorge island, is a perfect example of the Macaronesian peatlands of the Azores due to its hydrological conditions and diversity of native species of plants dominated by peat moss Sphagnum. Amongst the endangered species: Bellis azorica, Euphrasia grandiflora, Lactuta watsoniana, Prunus lusitanica ssp azorica. The site is important for its water storage and regulation characteristics. The area is in relatively good shape in terms of conservation status, although lack of control and increasing pressure from tourism could become a threat. Ramsar site no. 1807. Most recent RIS information: 2008.

Administrative region: 
Azores archipelago

  • National legal designation: 
    • Reserva Florestal Natural - Reserva Florestal Natural dos Picos do Carvão e da Esperança (Decreto Legislativo Regional n.º 27/88/A, de 22 de Julho).
    • Domínio Público Hídrico
    • Nature Reserve
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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