Giant Marine Park Plan for Chagos

Publication: The Independent

Author: Sadie Gray


02/09/2009 - An ambitious plan to preserve the pristine ocean habitat of the Chagos Islands by turning them into a huge marine reserve on the scale of the Great Barrier Reef or the Galapagos will be unveiled at the Royal Society next Monday.

Unpopulated for 40 years since the British government forcibly evicted inhabitants so the Americans could build a strategic military base on Diego Garcia, the Chagos Islands offer a stunning diversity of aquatic life.

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The plan will be launched in London by the Chagos Environment Network, which includes the Chagos Conservation Trust, the RSPB, the Zoological Society and the Pew Environment Group, a powerful US charity which successfully lobbied the Bush administration for marine reserves in America.

Read the full article Giant Marine Park Plan for Chagos on The Independent's Web site.

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