About 15 per cent of the world’s territorial area and some 7 per cent of the oceans is now under government protection, found the Protected Planet Report 2018 published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It is good news as the world has to meet the conservation targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity also known as the Aichi Targets, by 2020.
Currently signatory countries to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are meeting in the seaside town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to take stock of the convention’s progress. The IUCN report has taken stock of Target 11, the most important one, which aims for “the effective and equitable management of 17 per cent of terrestrial and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas by 2020”. According to this report the world is on track to meet the target.