• TO PROTECT AMAZON, COLOMBIA ENLARGES NATURE RESERVE

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    BOGOTA, Distrito Capital de Bogota: Colombia on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) more than doubled the size of a huge nature reserve as it fights to protect the Amazon from deforestation. Environment Minister Juan Gabriel Uribe said deforestation of the Colombian Amazon is a worrisome problem, mainly because of land being cleared for growing coca leaves, logging, illegal mining and agriculture. With the increase, the Chiribiquete nature reserve now sprawls over 2.8 million hectares, making it the biggest of the South American country’s 58 natural parks. Altogether, they total about 14 million hectares. Colombia is one of nine countries that share a piece of the Amazon. Its portion is 6.3 percent of the total. The lion’s share is Brazil’s, at 64 percent. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the enlargement of the Chiribiquete nature reserve was aimed at preserving “life, sustainability and the well-being of the Colombian people and humanity.”

    AFP

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