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Story GEO Year Book 2003 on-line with indicators on threatened species and protected areas

UNEP's Global Environment Outlook Year Book for 2003 is accessible at http://www.unep.org/geo/yearbook . It contains global and regional information with a limited set of main indicators. Threatened animals and plants are reported by main groups. Protected areas now account for around 11 % of the total terrestrial surface of the Earth, while less than 0.5 % of the marine area is protected. For Europe the main focus is on the extension of the European Union from 15 to 25 countries by 1 May 2004. There is no reporting on European biodiversity as such, but on indicators for extreme weather events, unsustainable transport patterns and on overfishing, three main influences on biodiversity.
Release date 27/04/2004
Contributor Ulla Pinborg
Concerned URL http://www.unep.org/geo/yearbook