Government Trades Debt For Nature

Budd-Falen, Karen
February 2011
BEEF Exclusive Insight;2/10/2011, p3
The article focuses on the Debt for Nature swaps authorized by the U.S. Congress and the federal bureaucracy, which allow the U.S. Treasury to forgive or trade foreign debt or loans made by the U.S. taxpayers to foreign countries. The aim of these swaps is for the foreign country to stop property use and development to protect species on the U.S. endangered species list. Funds under the swaps go toward activities to conserve protected areas and improve natural resource management, among others.


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