The United Nations has released a draft 20-point plan that calls for the protection of 30% of the Earth’s land and oceans by 2030 as the minimum needed to prevent the extinction of one million species, maintain intact ecosystems that are crucial for human survival, and keep global warming under 1.5°C. (Currently about 15% of the world’s land areas and 2% of oceans are protected.) The Paris-like plan will be presented for adoption by nations at the crucial UN summit on biodiversity to be held this October in China. The plan’s recommendations reflect the ambitious goals of the science-based Global Deal for Nature, which calls for managing 50% of the Earth for biodiversity protection by 2050.
You can hear SWEC’s interview with Dr. Eric Dinerstein, one of the architects of the GDN, here.