An update on targets set for establishing conservation zones to protect biodiversity has hailed the "progress" made in the past decade, albeit warning of much work ahead. The report highlighted oceanic regions, particularly international waters, as lagging behind on establishing protected nature areas Ahead of the UN’s next Biodiversity Conference in China in October, conservationists reported "major progress" — although incomplete — in rescuing the world’s shrinking biodiversity over the past decade by establishing conservation areas on land and at sea. The "Protected Planet" study by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and International Union for Conservation (IUCN) based in Switzerland compares "Target 11" goals set at the 2010 Nagoya/Aichi summit hosted by Japan with global trends in 2020. Land targets exceeded, oceanic ones missed but soon to be met That Target 11 urged the world to "protect and integrate" at least 17% of its terrestrial and inland waters and 10% of its coastal and marine areas through effective governance and safeguarding ecological systems. The monitored gain in protected areas established between 2010 and last year was 22 million square kilometers (8.5 million square miles) of land meeting that target — equating to slightly more than Russia’s landmass — and […]

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