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Reykjavik (AFP) Oct 25, 2011
Iceland and France are looking into the possibility of taking French trees endangered by global warming and planting them in Iceland to safeguard them for the future, officials said.
"The main emphasis (in the collaboration) is on research and finding ways to ensure the protection and preservation of the DNA... of the trees in Iceland," Adalsteinn Sigurgeirsson of the Icelandic Forestry Service told AFP.
The service is working with France's Office National des Forets, and their collaboration is focusing on trees from the French Alps and Pyrenees, such as beech.
"We'll look especially at what species and variations are at greatest risk in their French habitat due to global warming," Sigurgeirsson said.
He said that with temperatures rising around the world due to climate change, Iceland's colder climate could preserve species from France once their habitat becomes too warm.
"Everything indicates ... that conditions in Iceland will be very suitable for beech, for instance, in half a century or a century," he said.
"The aim... is not to grow a new forest, but to preserve DNA resources of forests," he said.
Sigurgeirsson said the project was still in the early stages, "but there is sincere interest on behalf of both parties to develop the project further."
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Bolivia reaches agreement with Amazon protesters
La Paz (AFP) Oct 24, 2011
The Bolivian government and representatives of Amazon native protesters reached an agreement Monday ending two months of protests that have eroded support for President Evo Morales. Morales announced Friday he was scrapping a hugely controversial plan to build a highway through an Amazon ecological reserve that triggered widespread protests - but the protesters had 15 other demands they wan ... read more
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