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ANALYSIS | Protecting 30% of the planet to save nature is not as simple as it sounds

Two Red-eyed Tree frogs (Agalychnis callidryas) mate at Exotic Fauna breeding zoo, where exotic animals are reproduced to be marketed as pets in US, Canada and Asia, in Ticuantepe, on the outskirts of Managua in Nicaragua. Photo: Reuters / Maynor Valenzuela


From the lush Amazon rainforest to the frigid Arctic Ocean, the world’s landscapes – and all the wildlife they contain – are under threat, and the world needs to set aside a third of all land and sea territories to save them, UN experts say.

The call is central to the global agreement being hashed out this month at the UN biodiversity summit in Montreal, Canada. If approved at the end of the summit next week, governments would be agreeing to set aside 30% of their land and sea territories for conservation by 2030 – doubling the amount of land…

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