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MOSCOW -- Russia has boosted funding for the protection of
Siberia's Lake Baikal, the earth's oldest and deepest lake, the
ITAR-Tass news agency has reported.
More than $3.2 million, or one-third more money than last year,
will be spent on conservation efforts for the lake in 2001, said
agency spokesperson Valery Molotov, head of the Lake Baikal water
resource management committee.
Molotov said his committee was planning to draft legislation that
would regulate water levels and fishing and prohibit certain
activities around the lake, ITAR-Tass said.
Lake Baikal, which UNESCO has named a world heritage site, has
been plagued by pollution from a paper mill on its shores. Rampant
poaching threatens its trademark inhabitant, the world's only species
of freshwater seal. Last year, local authorities announced plans to
drill for gas around the lake, angering environmentalists.
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