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Act Seen as First Step in Protecting Species

Science  21 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5576, pp. 2123
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5576.2123a

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OTTAWA, CANADA-- Canada's House of Commons last week approved the country's first law to protect endangered species. But although federal officials say the legislation, which relies on incentives rather than punishments, sets a new standard for cooperation between public and private sectors, environmental groups grumble that the approach leaves much to be desired.