COLOMBIA PROPOSES WORLD’S LARGEST PROTECTED AREA
Colombia has proposed creating the world's largest protected area in an effort to preserve biodiversity and combat climate change. President Juan Manuel Santos plans to propose the project at the UN climate negotiations in Paris at the end of 2015, suggesting the country will seek credit for the forests the area would preserve. Dubbed the "Triple A" corridor for the connection it will create between the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Atlantic Ocean, the project would connect many areas already under protection, which studies show is crucial for maintaining the unique biodiversity of the region. Colombia will not be able to act alone; almost two-thirds of the corridor would be in Brazil, and around five percent would be in Venezuela. Colombian officials hoped to start discussions with those countries soon after announcing the proposal. For the full story, see http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0303-gfrn-gaworecki-colombia-proposes-corridor.html.