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  Re: Tropical forest dreams and nightmares
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.05.12 at 21:33:47(6431)
Dear Eduardo,

Well said! I think that there is 'something' way above 'CITES' going on in
other countries, I hear that it has something to do with a World Bank offer
of a BIG cash 'loan' to a Country, and in return the Country in question
must agree to what on the surface appears to be a rather 'harmless' law, the
prohibition of the export/import of ANY plant or wildlife item. Goverments
in their ignorance and greed for the loan quickly sign on the dotted line,
and it is only later (as in the case of Brazil and other countries) does the
negative side show up, the complete isolation of a country to any outside
'interference' in their research, and without outside 'interference' by
foreign experts the research does suffer in a BIG way. It certainly sems
like a 'loose-loose' situation to the scientific community, but I am not
aware of all the aspects to this situation, and would welcome more
information from anyone more knowledgable than I am at these type of 'loans'
and 'deals' which have had such a negative impact on the world scientific
community, both the scientific and hobby 'sides'.

"Cut and burn it all down, but don`t you DARE collect any of these doomed

A little bit of enlightenment would certainly go a long way in some of these
'closed' countries.

Cheers to all,


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