Nature is key to Asia's prosperity

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This rapid growth, however, is taking a toll on our region's species and ecosystems. Asia is home to five out of 17 mega-diverse countries and 10,900 protected areas. But rates of mangrove, wetland and forest loss are among the highest in the world; 95% of Southeast Asian coral reefs are at risk; and more than 1,400 plants and animals in the region are listed as critically endangered.

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