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Conservation groups press world leaders to protect 30% of the planet

05 / 02 / 2019, Mongabaycom News

Thirteen conservation organizations have banded together to ask policymakers to protect the world’s last wilderness areas by setting aside nearly one-third of the Earth for conservation. “The planet is losing wildlife and wild places at an unprecedented rate,” Greg Zimmerman, communications director for the Wyss Campaign for Nature, said in a statement. In a statement released Jan. 31, the Wyss Campaign and 12 other conservation groups, including WWF, BirdLife International and the Wildlife Conservation Society, said humanity’s future was tied to that of Earth’s wild places and urged world leaders to enact and fund policies that support wilderness conservation. Cape buffalo in Tanzania. Maps of the Earth’s surface show that the world has only 23 percent of its terrestrial wilderness left. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay. Recent research has demonstrated that less than one-quarter of the world’s terrestrial wilderness remains, and only 13 percent of the world’s oceans remain wild. Scientists warn that protecting the last intact ecosystems on Earth is vital to preserving the buffer from climate change, the regulation of our water supply, and the critical biodiversity habitat that they provide. Negotiators met Jan. 28-31 in Nagoya, Japan, to formulate a plan for protecting 30 percent of the Earth’s surface and oceans by 2030, which will be finalized at the 2020 meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an international agreement for nature conservation, in Beijing. The discussions in Japan, Zimmerman said, were “an opportunity for nations to get off to a fast start toward a bold…

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