ameroon's rich tropical forests are about to get some much-needed protection, thanks to a historic deal with France that reduces Cameroon's debt burden at the same time. Under the agreement, Cameroon will invest at least $25 million of its debt to France - instead of having to pay it back - to protect its part of the Congo basin, home to rare forest elephants and hundreds of bird species, as well as local inhabitants like the Ba'Aka people.
The scheme started in 1987, when Conservation International purchased $650,000 worth of Bolivian debt owed to a commercial creditor for just $100,000 - and used the funds to manage the Beni Biosphere Reserve and create more protected areas. By 1996, 16 countries had such swaps, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, the Philippines and Zambia.
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