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Term In-situ conservation

The conservation of ecosystems and natural habitats, as well as the maintenance and recovery of viable populations of species in their natural surroundings. In the case of domesticated or cultivated species, the conservation takes place in the surroundings where they have developed their specific traits. Examples are wilderness protected areas (national parks, forest reserves, natural monuments), where representative samples of natural ecosystems and their characteristic species are preserved.

The Dominican Republic has made ??significant progress regarding in situ conservation, through the creation of the National System of Protected Areas (SINAP), which houses the most representative and best preserved samples of the country's biodiversity. About 52.8% of the national territory has been legally declared a natural protected area.33

However, effective conservation requires more than a legal framework; it depends on the implementation of effective management policies and plans, as well as the economic valuation of priority areas.

33Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales. Cuarto Informe Nacional de Biodiversidad: República Dominicana; Convenio de Diversidad Biológica (CDB): Santo Domingo, 2010, p. 1&55.

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