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World governments "failing" on biodiversity

Governments are failing abjectly to address degradation of biological resources, according to the head of global conservation body the IUCN. The recent Millennium ecosystem assessment was an "extraordinary reminder of how serious the situation has become," Achim Steiner said this week in a speech to European Commission environment officials (EED 30/03/05). But "the public policy domain is disconnected, in some ways even irresponsible," he charged. Global efforts to halt biodiversity loss by 2010 are way off target, he said (EED 25/05/04). See IUCN news release and speaking notes.

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