Marine goal proving a difficult issue in Nagoya

World governments gathered in Nagoya, Japan, to negotiate a new strategy for tackling biodiversity loss between 2011 and 2020 are struggling to agree on a global marine biodiversity target. An agreement is unlikely before ministerial talks begin on Thursday.

The EU says marine protected areas (MPAs) should cover 15% of global ocean surface compared with the existing 10% target. But China has stuck firm to its desired target of 6%. Japan, Norway, Canada and Brazil have proposed to maintain the existing goal.

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