A deal to preserve the world’s ecosystems has been agreed at the biodiversity conference in the Japanese city of Nagoya.
Delegates from 200 nations agreed new 2020 targets to protect oceans, forests and rivers as the planet faces the fastest extinction rate since the age of the dinosaurs.
A 20-point strategic plan has been drawn up to guard fish stocks, combat the loss of natural habitats and conserve more land and marine areas.
Countries agreed that 17 per cent of land and inland waters and 10 per cent of coastal and marine environments will be areas of conservation by 2020.
Under the new protocol rules are now in place as to how nations manage and share benefits derived from nature to create new drugs, crops or cosmetics.
The move could unlock billions of euros for developing countries, where most of the world’s natural resources are found.