Biodiversity ‘weak’ deal

The saga of the UN Biodiversity talks in Nagoya has ended, and as to be expected, the agreement was considered a failure. Why is it a failure?

The meeting settled on targets of protecting 17% of the world’s land surface, and 10% of the oceans, by 2020.These are regarded as too small by many conservation scientists, who point out that about 13% of the land is already protected – while the existing target for oceans is already 10%.

A more detailed account can be seen from a journalist who saw the Nagoya meeting up close, James Fahn. Here is his message from a NYT post.

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