Guatemala to create Latin America's biggest ecological park

The government of Guatemala has proposed development of the biggest ecological and cultural park in Latin America in the northern department of Petén, President Álvaro Colom announced today.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

It will be called "Cuatro Noj," which according to the Mayan worldview signifies the four cardinal points on the planet.
The park will encompass 22,500 square kilometers and will contain an estimated 4,000 pre-Colombian structures, including El Mirador, the oldest ceremonial complex in the nation, Álvaro said.
It will be the largest ecological park in the region and the seventh largest in the world. One of the park's goals is to lower the rate of global warming and climate change; another is to conserve Guatemalan biodiversity, the president said.

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Guatemala's government aims to set up an archeological mega-park to be known as Cuatro Balam.

The park will be located in the north of the Petén region. President Álvaro colom presented the projects to government dependencies and NGOs involved in conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of El Petén.

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