Campaign aims to help save endangered species in Czech Republic
2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, aimed at raising awareness of the disappearance of many of the Earth’s species and finding ways to reverse the current trend. The Ministry of the Environment has just launched an information campaign to that end here in the Czech Republic, where around one third of the country’s 80,000 animal and plant species are believed to be in danger. So what does the campaign hope to achieve? I spoke to the ministry’s Dagmar Zíková.
What are the most endangered species?
“It is sometimes very difficult to say when animals or plants species are extinct. They live in the wilderness and it is not always easy to say that they have disappeared from nature. Plants may disappear for a few seasons and then appear again. The same may be true for animals, for example when we talk about wolves or lynx. These animals are very rare in our nature. Hopefully they wont disappear but it can change very quickly. It is all a matter of a very subtle balance.”
The Ministry of Environment launched a campaign on the occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity. One of the aims is to stop further disappearance of species. Can a campaign of this kind really make a difference?