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

22 July 2005

$4.3 million to protect reefs, rhinos and rainforests

The Australian Government will spend $4.35 million helping to protect the habitats of some of the Asia-Pacific region’s most threatened species, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.

He said the funding would go to 15 regional conservation ‘hotspots’.

“These ‘hotspot’ areas are the homes of many threatened species, such as Asian elephants in Cambodia, coral reefs in the Bismarck Sea, and Sumatran rhinos and tigers,” Senator Campbell said. “Without these habitats their survival is in jeopardy.”

New projects funded under this second round of the three-year, $10 million Regional Natural Heritage Programme, aim to:

“The projects being funded though this programme demonstrate Australia’s commitment to both the environment and our regional neighbours,” Senator Campbell said.

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