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TARAWA, Kiribati - A growing chorus of politicians, scientists and environmentalists are urging President Anote Tong of Kiribati to actually do what he claims was already done in 2008: create the world's most effective marine protected area in a remote archipelago in the Central Pacific Ocean.

For years, Tong has been saying that under his leadership, Kiribati created the California-sized Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), "making it off limits to fishing and other extractive uses" - a quote that gets about 500 hits on Google, all Tong's or his government's. In speeches at climate change conferences and other venues, he has repeatedly called PIPA his country's great gift to the world. 

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Source: Asia Times Online