Swiss year of Biodiversity.

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Switzerland has launched its programme for the United Nations 2010 Year of Biodiversity. Environment Minister, Federal Councillor Moritz Leuenberger was present to launch the official campaign, which aims to help threatened species and boost awareness.

An official government statement told reporters, "The conservation of biodiversity is of central importance for Switzerland's sustainable development, because it not only generates an ecological balance, but also prosperity for economy and society."

A 2007 OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) report found that Switzerland had more threatened or extinct plant and animal species than any other country in Europe. The report also...

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