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Nations seal UN biodiversity deal in Japan


Nations seal UN biodiversity deal in Japan

Joining forces to save life on earth as we know it. Some 200 nations meeting in Japan have hammered out a 10 year plan setting targets aimed at protecting the planet’s most threatened animals and plants.

The UN biodiversity bargain should see developing countries getting a share in the profits made from selling plants and other organisms.

The agreement sets a new target of protecting 17 percent of the world’s land surface and a tenth of the oceans by 2020.

While the measures should provide greater refuge for wildlife, many experts have criticised the latest targets for being way too small.

But, after 18 years of debate it is hoped the deal will go some way to halting the current mass extinction of species.