Chagos marine protection plan condemned as unethical


CONSERVATIONISTS are at war over a British plan to create a marine protection zone around a large chunk of surviving empire in the Indian Ocean. The zone, which is twice the size of Britain, would cover much of the Chagos archipelago, one of the most unspoiled coral reef systems in the world. This week the world’s foremost conservation science body, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), was in ferment after announcing support for the plan in spite of warnings from its own lawyers that the scheme was unethical. The archipelago is claimed by Mauritius,
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