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Conservation areas in Brazil set to grow

December 6, 2006 This article courtesy of Nature News.

Amazon rainforest gets protective boost.

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Brazil has just become a lot more protected. Nine chunks of land totalling the size of Florida have been set aside for conservation.

The government of the state of Par, working with international conservation groups, announced the new reserves on 4 December. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, based in San Francisco, California, is helping to foot the total cost.

The 16.4 million hectares set aside include the world's largest tropical forest reserve. This is a jungle landscape the size of Denmark, home to endangered species such as the Pebas stubfoot toad (Atelopus spumarius; pictured). This region will be open only to research and conservation activities, but other regions will be allocated for sustainable-use projects.

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