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Jun212007

Booming China bids to save threatened plants

China has appealed for international financial backing to save its wild plants, according to a Reuters report.

LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) - China appealed on Thursday for international financial backing for a major new plan to save its vast and unique set of wild plants from the ravages of booming economic growth and global warming.

The project, in collaboration with the British-based Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), aims to save the 10 percent of the world's plant species native to China.

The ultimate aim of the plant conservation plan is to turn nearly 15 million hectares of farmland back to forest -- an area larger than England -- over the next three years and end logging in the upper reaches of the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers.

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