IUCN seeks support for habitat restoration target

More than 180 million hectares of degraded forest and land could be restored globally by 2020 with sufficient government backing, says conservation group IUCN. Germany held a ministerial meeting on Friday to gather support for the target.

The IUCN and the World Resources Institute found close to 2 billion hectares of forests and other habitats in need of restoration. Stewart Maginnis, head of IUCN's forest programme, said restoring 7.5% of this was "realistic but still ambitious".

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