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National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), Costa Rica

National System of Conservation Areas or SINAC, (Spanish: Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservacion—SINAC), is part of the Ministry of Environment and Energy or MINAE of Costa Rica. It is the administrator for the nation's national parks, conservation areas, and other protected natural areas. Created in 1994, it combined previously three separate organisations that had previously managed laws relating to national parks, wildlife, and forestry.