Sweden unveils integrated conservation policy

The Swedish government today released details of a new, "integrated" conservation policy aiming to take account of the importance of the natural environment to national well-being and quality of life. Sustainability and the need for greater public involvement in conservation issues are also highlighted. Proposed measures include increased protection for marine and freshwater habitats, greater emphasis on conservation in cities and built-up areas, and promotion of a "dialogue" with the public. The policy statement, which the environment ministry says has cross-party support, is to be presented to parliament next week. See press release.

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