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A Long March to Save Africa's Dwindling Wildlands

Science  06 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5429, pp. 825
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5429.825

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A conservation biologist is setting out on a yearlong trek through the heart of Africa to survey plants and animals before they are lost to the latest wave of human migration and exploitation. This ambitious effort will survey a 1400-kilometer-long swath of land, stretching from the Central African Republic southeast across Congo to the coast of Gabon, inventorying plants and animals and searching for signs of ancient settlements. The hope is that this "megatransect" will generate data that the three African governments and land managers can tap to cordon off ecologically valuable lands while encouraging sustainable logging and hunting in other regions.