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New wildlife parks in Gabon
September 30, 2002

Conservationists are calling it a major victory for Africa's wildlife.

The world heard about it earlier this month, at the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Gabon's president, Omar Bongo, announced his government's decision to create a new national park system protecting some of the most critically important rain forest habitats in central Africa's Congo basin.

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Fin market threatens sharks
August 20, 2002

The Whale Shark is the world's largest fish -- not an aggressive monster, but a gentle, slow-moving plankton-feeder that can reach more than 40 feet in length and weigh over 15 tons.

But the giant creature is easily caught by fishermen who supply the market for shark fins, used to make an expensive Chinese soup.

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Debt canceled to preserve Peru rainforests
July 16, 2002

There's new protection for some of the richest rainforests on Earth, thanks to a new agreement between Peru and the United States.

The agreement, called a "debt-for-nature swap," was signed in Washington, D.C., last month by Allan Wagner, Peru's ambassador to the United States, and John B. Taylor, Treasury Department undersecretary for international affairs.

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Texas oil a slippery issue in Costa Rica vote
February 1, 2002

National elections in Costa Rica take place Sunday and one of hottest issues is drilling of the country's Caribbean coast.

Texas-based Harken Energy Corp. has already carried out seismic testing and now wants to explore further by drilling in its offshore holdings.

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U.N. mulls embargo on Liberian timber
January 13, 2002


The president of Liberia has been accused of using the timber resources of his West African nation for his personal profit, and to support rebels in nearby Sierra Leone.

In Liberia, raw timber is replacing diamonds as a source of finance for civil conflict, according to a panel of experts reporting to the United Nations' Security Council.

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Group champions 'living landscapes'
January 12, 2002


There's a major new conservation project in place, intended to find more effective ways to protect some of the planet's most important wild landscapes.

They include Ndoki-Likouala in the Republic of Congo, the greater Yellowstone area in the United States and Mamiraua-Amana in Brazil.

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