To keep the planet flourishing, 30% of Earth needs protection by 2030
The move would safeguard biodiversity, slow extinctions, and help maintain a steady climate, a leading group of conservationists say.
This week a United Nations working group responded to a joint statement posted online in December by some of the world’s largest conservation organizations calling for 30 percent of the planet to be managed for nature by 2030—and for half the planet to be protected by 2050. But exactly what counts as “protected”—and how countries can reach those goals—is still up for debate. (direct download)
Conservationists say these high levels of protection are necessary to safeguard benefits that humans derive from nature—such as the filtration of drinking water and storage of carbon that would otherwise increase global warming. The areas are also needed to prevent massive loss of species.
Humans and their domestic animals are squeezing the rest