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Countries are lagging far behind goals to protect land and ocean ecosystems: SDG report by Joe McCarthy July 29,2020   |  Source: Global Citizen

The latest United Nations analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) shows that countries are failing to protect the world’s ocean and land environments.

With 10 years to go until 2030 — the endpoint of the SDGs, after which they’ll be reassessed and updated — most markers of ocean and land integrity are declining amid reckless industrial activity that destroys ecosystems and over-exploits natural resources, according to the Sustainable Development Report 2020, which reviews countries' performances on the 17 SDGs so far.

Overall, not a single country has achieved the 2020 targets for SDG 14: Life Below Water.

s a result, the ocean is in dire shape. Ocean acidification is rapidly increasing, fish populations are declining, and small fishermen who form the backbone of many local economies are marginalized and denied fair income.

“Despite the critical importance of conserving oceans, decades of irresponsible exploitation have led to an alarming level of degradation,” the report notes.

Even though the proportion of the ocean shielded by an officially designated “marine protected area” has more than doubled since 2010, increasing to 17% of all national waters, the majority of key biodiversity areas are outside such kinds of guardianship


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