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Biodiversity in Europe's mountains

At what point is Europe on the way to halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010? With respect to this issue, the European Environment Agency has drafted a report in English, in which a chapter is devoted to biodiversity in mountain ecosystems.
The meaning of mountains for biodiversity is shown in the fact that more than 2,500 out of about 11,500 vascular plants species registered for the European continent are found mainly above the tree line. The report points out the threat to this variety: about one third of the approximately 5,500 vascular plant species in the Alps are considered extinct, endangered or rare.
Literature: EEA Report No 5/2006: Progress towards halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010. ISBN 92-9167-846-5, 99 pages
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