Some 600 plant species have gone extinct since the mid-18th century: it's an extinction rate 500 times above normal.
The country's House of Representatives has passed the "Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act," or Bill 8728.
Measures to enhance survival of calves, and particularly females, are key to saving the Asian elephant.
In Nepal deforestation rates declined by 37% even as poverty rates also slightly decreased between 2000 and 2012.
"Conservation efforts without community engagement cannot be sustainable in wildlife conservation."
Come 2020, the world’s largest food and beverage corporation will have no more deforestation linked to its products.