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Editorial 3Does biodiversity matter? 4Avatar: reaching the heart 6Taking action 8Last chance to think 10Where the wild things are 12The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity 14Food choice 16TUNZA answers your questions 18Faith in nature 18Closer to home 19Measured questions 20Fighting back 21Seven species on the climate change hit list 22The year of the tiger 24
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UNEP and Bayer, the German-basedinternational enterprise involvedin health care, crop science andmaterials science, are working together to strengthen young people’senvironmental awareness and engagechildren and youth in environmentalissues worldwide.
The partnership agreement, renewedto run through 2010, lays down abasis for UNEP and Bayer to enlargetheir longstanding collaboration tobring successful initiatives to countriesaround the world and develop newyouth programmes. Projects include:TUNZA Magazine, the InternationalChildren’s Painting Competition onthe Environment, the Bayer YoungEnvironmental Envoy in Partnershipwith UNEP, the UNEP TunzaInternational Youth/Children’sConference, youth environmentalnetworks in Africa, Asia Paciﬁc, Europe,Latin America, North America and WestAsia, the Asia-Paciﬁc Eco-Minds forum,and a photo competition, ‘Ecology inFocus’, in Eastern Europe.
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