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Yearbook 2006

Kiribati. According to CountryAAH, Kiribati will create the world's third largest marine protection area. The announcement of the country's president, Anote Tong, at the UN Conference on Biological Diversity held in Brazil in March 2006. The protected marine area is 184 700 km 2- twice the size of Portugal - and contains more than 500 species of fish and over 120 species of coral. The nearly untouched Phoenix Islands Protected Area, which consists of eight atolls and two coral reefs, is also home to seabirds and turtles. It will be the first marine park where it also includes a deep-sea environment with underwater mountains. Kiribati is assisted by the New England Aquarium in Boston, USA, and the charity Conservation International, which will also ensure that donations come in to cover the cost of the park and reimburse the revenue for the missing commercial fishing in the area.

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