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Birds indicate biodiversity crisis – and the way forward

23 September 2008
European Turtle Dove has declined by 62% in the last 26 years (photo © Denis Cachia)

Common birds are in decline across the world, providing evidence of a rapid deterioration in the global environment that is affecting all life on earth – including human life. All the world’s governments have committed themselves to slowing or halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010. But reluctance to commit what are often trivial sums in terms of national budgets means that this target is almost certain to be missed.

These are some of the stark messages from State of the Worlds Birds, a new publication and website (www.birdlife.org/sowb) launched today at BirdLife International’s World Conference in Buenos Aires.

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