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Chile takes measures to protect biodiversity

English.news.cn   2014-07-23 12:33:41

SANTIAGO, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Chile unveiled a plan on Tuesday to protect its biodiversity.

The Climate Change Biodiversity Adaptation Plan proposes 50 measures, including research, training, risk reduction, as well as protection and conservation of biodiversity, Environment Minister Pablo Badenier said.

Chile is suffering the negative impact of climate change such as desertification and droughts, which have destroyed the biodiversity in the country.

Official studies show extreme weather resulting from climate change can endanger vulnerable species and ecosystems, said Badenier.

Most of the 1,447 species of plants and 67 species of animals in Chile are in danger of extinction as a result of ongoing climate change, he added.

"It's possible to increase species' and ecosystems' capacity to adapt to climate change to halt loss of biodiversity," said Badenier.

He added that combined efforts in the area of conservation and sustainable management should be strengthened.

Editor: Xiang Bo
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