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Field guide to seagrasses of the Red Seaddd

CBD COP13, Cancun, Mexico

UN Biodiversity Conference 2016: Compromise with a pinch of salt

With less than four years remaining to implement the biodiversity plan agreed by world governments in 2010, IUCN calls for continued efforts to achieve the Aichi biodiversity conservation targets, as the UN biodiversity conference closes in Cancún, Mexico. IUCN stresses that while progress has been made in some areas, significant efforts must be sustained to meet the Aichi Targets, which are fundamental to accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Update on global statistics from Protected Planet Report 2016

The latest update to the Protected Planet Report 2016 shows that there are now just under 15,000 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) spread across 18.5 million square kilometres of ocean and sea. Up to 13% of territorial waters are now protected, and dramatic progress has been made towards achieving one of the goals of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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