Monday, September 09, 2002

CONSERVATIONISTS CONCENTRATE ON CHIMPANZEES

Urgent Focus on Endangered Western African Chimps
Mon Sep 9, 6:52 AM ET
ENS Correspondents,Environment News Service

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, September 6, 2002 (ENS) - Africa's endangered western chimpanzee is the object of an urgent action plan to be announced September 13 by an international group of scientists and government officials meeting in Abidjan.

The plan will be finalized during a conference September 12 and 13 at the Golf Hotel, with chimp conservation experts from Africa, the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Portugal.

Côte d'Ivoire's Prime Minister Affi N'Guessan is scheduled to speak during the opening session.

The goal is to reach a consensus among government officials, researchers, protected area managers and private conservation groups to take specific steps to halt or reverse the decline in chimpanzee numbers in West Africa....