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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

30 November 2006

$2.9 million for orang-utans, elephants and whales in Australia's backyard


Endangered animals and plants in the South Pacific and South-East Asia will be protected and conserved thanks to $2.9 million grant from the Australian Government’s Regional Natural Heritage Program (RNHP), the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.

Senator Campbell said the Australian Government had provided $10 million to the program since it was launched in 2004, with 21 successful projects playing a key role in conserving biodiversity hotspots in the region.

“Neighbours working together can achieve so much more than working alone to conserve our environment,” Senator Campbell said.

“The Australian Government is proud to help protect the many endangered species and habitats across South-East Asia and the Pacific.

“The programme acknowledges that practical and sustainable environmental outcomes require longterm effort that’s not possible without the combined efforts of local communities, conservation organisations and governments.”

Projects funded in this round include:

Senator Campbell said the Australian Government’s funding had helped scientists identify 25 biodiversity hotspots worldwide, seven of those in the Asia Pacific region.

Further information about the Australian Government’s Regional Natural Heritage Programme visit: www.deh.gov.au/heritage/programs/index.html#rnhp

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902

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