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Eden edges closer to biome plan
Eden Project
The Eden Project has contributed 700m to the county's economy
The Eden Project's bid to build a new water and energy biome has progressed after being short-listed for national lottery funding.

It is one of six projects to reach the second round of a contest for the Big Lottery Fund's Living Landmark Award.

It could win up to 50m in funding as part of the award, which will culminate in a televised public vote in 2007.

The Edge biome would focus on the challenges of water and energy use in global climate change.

A Big Lottery Fund programme committee will recommend which projects should go through to the public vote in September 2007.

The Eden Project has contributed 700m to the Cornish economy since opening five years ago.

Director of the Eden Project, Tim Smit, said the centre needed to become a "global must-see".

"The Edge will explore what it is to live with the grain of nature. It is a project for our time and is arguably the most challenging and essential call to arms for our generation," he said.

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