December 2006 Archives

Amazon Conservation Efforts in Brazil

The government of the state of Pará, Brazil announced recently that it will set aside 37 million acres of Amazonia for conservation. Conservation International participated in the effort, along with the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (IMAZON), the World Wildlife Foundation WWF and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.This is one of the largest areas ever designated for ecological preservation. For perspective, the media compared the size of the protected area to various territories familiar to readers -- England, Portugal, Denmark and Switzerland combined, Illinois or Alabama.

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