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NAGOYA (Kyodo) About 100 young people began a five-day international conference Monday in Aichi Prefecture to discuss how to prevent further deterioration of ecosystems prior to a Convention of Biological Diversity meeting to be held in Nagoya in October.

The people in their teens and 20s from more than 60 countries are attending the International Youth Conference on Biodiversity held by the Environment Ministry in the town of Higashiura.

In his opening speech, Nobuo Ichihara, a senior official of the Environment Ministry, urged the participants to convey their conclusions and opinions to the 10th meeting of the Congress of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, or COP10.

At the conference Monday, a Russian participant reported on biodiversity research focusing on a biological study of bats.

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