National Geographic : 2001 Jun
International Agreements Cooperation grows between nations with animals and plants that know no borders, as in the Arctic, where the U.S. and Russia have signed a polar bear agreement. Three African countries pro tect a primate-rich lowland tropical forest. India and Nepal preserve tigers and rhinos in the tarai on the edge of the Himalaya. Bra zil is assisted in saving its rain forest by the World Wildlife Fund's protected areas program. ' -- ,, Coordinating Efforts The information researchers gather on Sonoran ecosystems goes into a geographic information system data base that can help agencies share resources and create conservation strategies. Urban Sprawl Like Phoenix, Arizona's largest city, Pima County's Tucson has grown with few checks. Pima's proposed Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan was spurred by the need to protect the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl. y-- **e t'-'^f^^ ;--^ _r Endangered Sonoran pronghoms, ' range over Mexico's Pinacate Bio-' sphere Reserve as well as U.S. lands, including the Barry M. Gold water Range, site of F-16 training missions. Protective corridors may be needed to connect po . .. . - (_NATONAL E PfRAPl-. - 7NE 2001 m 9 NG MAPS ARTBYDON FOLEY(BELOW) MAPSOURCE:THE NATURECONSERVANCY, SONORANINSTITUTE,AND IMADES.CONSULTANTS: STEPHENE. CORNELIUS, SONORANINSTITUTE; JOHNA. HALL,THE NATURECONSERVANCY I i i Learn more about conservation partnerships: 7 ! aar:r The Nature Conservancy: World Wildlife Fund: ,. 't; <i (-^ IaI, u, ~-- "I- '"i,* ~ "-- - f ..