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Norwegian eco-officers an endangered species

Whereas virtually all Norway's 434 local authorities employed a full-time environmental officer in 1996, under 10% do so today and a quarter have no environmental staff at all, Aftenposten newspaper reports. "In many municipalities they don't even know where to refer [environmental] telephone inquiries", Trygve Bjørnæs of the University of Oslo think tank ProSus told the newspaper. The main reason for the decline appears to be the incorporation of national government funding previously earmarked for environment into general budgets. A spokesman for Norwegian umbrella NGO Sabima described the development as "frightening". See article.

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