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There are a large number of protected areas in Iceland, to which varying rules apply depending upon the aim of the protection accorded them, the nature of the area and the accord reached with stakeholders. As a result, the classes of protection are numerous, including natural sites, national parks, nature reserves, protected areas with sustainable resource utilisation, country parks etc. Their classification accords generally with that used by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Nature Conservation Act lays down in detail the classification of protection.

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