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Representatives from 21 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea have approved the inclusion of seven new locations as Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance. The decision was made during a meeting in Paris. Two areas in France, three in Italy and two in Lebanon became part of the list.

With the inclusion of these areas, governments committed themselves to taking up protective measures and management to preserve the marine ecosystem. Among the protected areas is the Palm Islands natural reserve in Lebanon; an area in which biodiversity is recovering from serious environmental damage - in 2006, during the war, a military strike led to a reservoir spilling 15,000 barrels of oil in to the sea.

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