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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Feb. 17) - Indonesia has pledged to help critically endangered leatherback turtles by creating a marine protected area in a Papua nesting beach.

The Papua site is one of 10 identified by the World Wide Fund for Nature as key to the three-thousand or so female leatherbacks that remain in the Pacific.

An Indonesian official with the Forestry Ministry, Matheus Halim, called for immediate regional coordination and assistance to protect Western Pacific leatherbacks in Papua.

The slaughter of leatherbacks for meat, over-harvesting of their eggs and their drowning in fishing nets and on long-line hooks are the main threats to their survival.

Delegates from 188 countries and other parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity are meeting in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

February 17, 2004

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