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Bold Corridor Project Confronts Political Reality

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Science  21 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5538, pp. 2196-2199
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5538.2196

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EL NARANJO, THE PETÉN, GUATEMALA-- To preserve biodiversity, seven Central American countries and Mexico have launched an ambitious effort to link protected areas with strips of wildlife-friendly land. Critics worry, however, that the conservation goals are being diluted, noting that politicians have turned the original scientific concept into a catch-all for rural development projects, which they feel now overshadow conservation. But even skeptics say the corridor will serve as a test case for saving biodiversity in other places where walling off more forest isn't an option.