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UN outlines 2030 goals to save planet’s biodiversity by Chloé Farand January 14,2020   |  Source: Climate Home News

At least 30% of the world’s land and seas should be protected in the next decade to prevent the destruction of the planet’s biodiversity.

That is one of the proposals by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for a global framework to protect the Earth’s plant and wildlife.

The draft text published by the CBD on Monday outlines a 10-year strategy to halt the decline and extinction of species and allow ecosystems to recover by 2050.

Governments are due to adopt a new set of biodiversity targets during talks in Kunming, China, in October to replace the 2020 goals agreed in Aichi, Japan, in 2010 – most of which have been missed. The draft text will form the basis for negotiations this year.

Under the Aichi goals, governments agreed to prevent the extinction of know threatened species by 2020 and to improve their conservation status.

But a major report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (Ipbes) in May last year warned species extinction was accelerating with ecosystems deteriorating at rates unprecedented in human history.

The report found one million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, with climate change identified as the third biggest driver after changes in land and

 

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