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Madagascar slows destruction of forests

Date : 10th March 2008, Source : ENN

PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar has reduced the destruction of its protected forests eight-fold as it tries to preserve its unique wildlife and earn more from tourists, conservation officials say. Home to hundreds of species from chameleons and lemurs to magnificent baobab trees, the world's fourth largest island aims to keep 6 million hectares (15 million acres) or about 10 percent of its surface area, as nature reserves.

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