08 Jun Did you know?
In October 2021, the parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in Kunming, China to agree on a new plan to safeguard the planet by 2050. In preparation for this, scientists, nongovernmental organizations, and government leaders have called for the need to protect at least 30% percent of the ocean by 2030, a critical to number to reach so that we can secure the survival of our oceans and the health of our planet. Under this proposal, 30% of the world’s oceans will be placed as marine protected areas whereby sound fisheries management that enhances biodiversity conservation will be implemented. Currently, only 7% of the ocean is under some form of protection whereas only 2% is fully protected. In 2016, at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, its members from 170 countries adopted Resolution 50, which supported the 30% by 2030 ocean protection target.
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