Global biodiversity protection deal reached in Nagoya

Negotiators meeting until the early hours of Saturday morning in Nagoya, Japan agreed a legally binding protocol governing the protection of biodiversity for the years 2011 to 2020.

Countries agreed to set a target for 17% of terrestrial areas to be covered by protected zones, lower than the 20% the EU had hoped for. Countries agreed to maintain the 10% target for marine areas covered by protection zones, though the EU had hoped to see a target of 15%. They also agreed on a target to end overfishing and to reform subsidies that can be harmful to biodiversity.

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