Paraguay has a rich and diverse cultural landscape shaped by its indigenous heritage, colonial history, and the fusion of various ethnic influences. Blending indigenous, colonial, and contemporary influences has shaped a unique cultural identity.
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Biosphere Reserves in Paraguay
The El Chaco Biosphere Reserve covers a large area in Paraguay's northern part of the boreal El Chaco system, with ecologically diverse dry forest ecosystems under tremendous pressure to be converted into grazing lands. The reserve has six core areas, all protected areas.
The Itaipu Biosphere Reserve covers an area of over 1,000,000 ha (2,500,000 acres) in eastern Paraguay. It comprises an area of semi-deciduous sub-tropical forest, also known as the Upper Paraná Atlantic Forest.
Both the Mbaracayú Forest Natural Reserve and the Bosque Mbaracayú Biosphere Reserve protect a hotspot of biodiversity in the Mata Atlántica biologic corridor. It is a tropical humid forest ecosystem, which includes low and medium altitude Atlantic semi-deciduous forests and savannas.