Selective saving

Published: Thursday 15 May 1997

WITH a view to conserving the diverse habitats of the world, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched a campaign in 100 countries on April 5. The Global 200 campaign aims at preserving 232 places thought to be representative of the remaining ecosystems in the world by the year 2000. Among the prominent Global 200 sites are the tropical forests on the coast of Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo and Nigeria; east African marine ecosystems of Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique; the ecoregion of Mediterranean Sea in southern Europe, northern African and western Asia; and the ancient and remote rainforests of Sumatra, Borneo, Malaysia and Brunei.

As part of the campaign, Mongolia has promised to preserve at least 30 per cent of its area which includes vast forests and high-altitude grasslands which are home to rare snow leopards. Panama has decided not to construct the Pan-American highway through a rare rainforest which shelters more bird species than any other spot on the Earth.

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