Published: Friday 30 June 2006

Bolivian President Evo Morales recently launched his promised programme of land reforms. He handed over 24,800 sq km of state-owned land to poor Indians.

Australia suffered a setback in its campaign against whaling, with the tiny island nation of Kiribati saying it will back Japan's scientific whaling programme.

As part of plans to improve waste management in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the government will phase out plastic bags less than 30 microns thick. Drop-off points for bags are being set up in the city.

The Delhi High Court has directed the state government to implement the Delhi Plastic Bag and Non-Biodegradable Garbage Act 2000 in totality. All big eateries and shopping malls will have to use biodegradable bags. But the government has called the rule economically unviable.

A Bangkok meeting of the 10-nation Association of South East Asian Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network decided to form a special wildlife crime-busting unit.

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