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Amazon Indigenous groups propose PA of 200M ha; would run from Andes to Atlantic

A coalition of indigenous groups in the Amazon has proposed the formation of a conservation area in South America, stretching 200 million hectares (490 million acres) from the Andes in the west to the Atlantic Ocean in the east. If plans were to go ahead, it would be the largest protected area in the world – and amount to a landmass the size of Mexico. 

Leaders of the alliance representing 500 indigenous cultures across nine countries presented the project to representatives at the UN Biodiversity Conference, held in Egypt, on Wednesday. The plan: to build a large-scale sanctuary where people, wildlife, and biodiversity can be preserved and protected.

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