Forty-two percent of the planet now within protected and conserved areas has been added in the last decade, according to a new report released Wednesday.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and the United Nations Environmental Program released the finding in its Protected Land Report, which measures progress the world has made toward the ambitious goals set in 2010 at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
“These findings merit celebration of the major progress made over the last 10 years to grow the world’s network of protected and conserved areas,” the report states.
However, the report finds that the world fell just short of at least some of the 2010 goals to conserve “at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water, and 10 percent of coastal and marine areas” in 10 years.
The greatest growth was seen in the marine and…