Friday, October 29, 2010

Almost 200 countries agree on biodiversity goals

In Nagoya, Japan, delegates from almost 200 nations attending the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity agreed today to goals focused on ensuring species' survival. After two weeks of intense discussion, attendees eventually "came to a concensus to a 20-point strategic plan to protect fish stocks, fight the loss and degradation of natural habitats and to conserve larger land and marine areas."

They also agreed to protect 17 percent of land and inland waters and 10 percent of coastal and marine areas by 2020. Right now, 13 percent of land and 1 percent of oceans receive protection.

"Governments have sent a strong message that protecting the health of the planet has a place in international politics," said Jim Leape, director-general of conservation group WWF International.

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