A new report on the world's national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas has been released today by UNEP-WCMC, IUCN and a number of partners. The Protected Planet Report 2012 measures progress against Aichi Target 11, a goal adopted two years ago by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which requires at least 17% of the world’s terrestrial areas and 10% of the world’s marine areas to be effectively and equitably protected and managed by 2020.
The report underlines the successes of countries, communities and non-governmental organizations with respect to protected areas - today protected areas cover at least 12.7% of the world’s terrestrial areas and 1.6% of the world's marine areas. However, the report also highlights existing gaps in protection, for example half of the world’s most important sites for biodiversity are still unprotected. In addition, many protected areas face management, governance and financial challenges.
The full report is available here.
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