Finnish biodiversity on the wane - report

A major evaluation of Finland's 1997-2005 biodiversity plan has found that the country's biodiversity is continuing to decline. The report says current actions to protect wildlife will be insufficient to meet a non-binding EU target to halt the decline in biodiversity by 2010. By the end of the decade the number of threatened species will have risen by 10% compared to 2000, it concludes. The evaluation recommends that a new biodiversity plan being drawn up for 2006-2016 expand agri-environmental subsidies and forest protection schemes. See information note and the evaluation summary in English and Finnish.

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