13 Apr '18, 8pm

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In a move described as “unprecedented,” Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos announced Tuesday that the country intends to add 8 million hectares (80,000 square kilometers or 31,000 square miles) to its protected areas. Santos also signed a decree granting indigenous communities the ability and autonomy to govern their own territories. He said the government will be spending the next two weeks defining the bounds of the new protected areas, and that residents of local indigenous communities will be granted land titles giving them the autonomy to manage them. Norway has committed $250 million towards Colombia’s initiative. In a move described as “unprecedented,” Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos announced Tuesday that the country intends to add 8 million hectares (80,000 square kilometers or 31,000 square miles) to its protected areas. That same day, Santos also si...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/04/colombia-grants-histori...

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