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Editorial
Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

Relative Importance
Elliot Morley, Minister of the Environment of the United Kingdom, describes the urgency of conserving the great apes as part of achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Progress, Contradictions and Dilemmas
Henri Djombo, Minister of Forestry Economy and Environment of the Republic of Congo, describes an important initiative to conserve biodiversity and calls for better partnership to realise it

People

Munincipal (Eco) Services
Obed Mlaba, mayor of Durban, South Africa, describes the importance of ecosystem services to cities and shows how local action can ensure millennial change

Life at the Extreme
Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, Chairman of Senior Arctic Officials, Arctic Council, describes the fragility of biodiversity in the Arctic and says that conserving it is a global challenge and responsibility

Discounting Ecosystem Losses
Sir Partha Dasgupta FBA, FRS, the Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge, United Kingdom, explains why economists and environmentalists should unite in insisting that the declines in biodiversity and ecosystem services must be tackled immediately

At a glance:
Ecosystem Services

Twin Tracks
Angela Cropper, President of The Cropper Foundation, is co-chair of the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment Panel, explains the close interrelationship between tackling poverty and safeguarding ecosystems and the services they provide to humanity

Sustain Biodiversity, Eliminate Rural Poverty
Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency, Ethiopia, says that globalisation both deepens poverty and degrades the environment, and calls for it to be reorientated

Everything Connects
Achim Steiner, Director General, IUCN – The World Conservation Union, describes how achieving all the Millennium Development Goals depends on ecosystem services, and says that investing in them is the only rational response

Use Wetlands Wisely
Gordana Beltram, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia, and Chair of the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, shows that destroying wetlands,in the name of human well-being, is also destructive to society and to sustainable development

Star Profile: Salma Hayek

Books and Products

Save Our Seeds
Francisco Reifschneider, Director of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, describes the importance of saving biodiversity in securing the worldıs food supplies

Storehouses and Safety Nets
Doris Capistrano, Director, Forests and Governance Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), describes how the many services provided by forests are essential to meeting the Millennium Development Goals and calls for reforms to realise their potential

Extinction is Forever
Ritsuya Kishida, Japan