At least a third of the Earth would be protected by the UN

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The parties to the draft UN Convention on Biological Diversity on Monday published environmental proposals that would put at least a third of the Earth under nature conservation measures over the next decade.

Environmental activists, however, have complained that the draft is “not bold enough”.

The twenty-one proposals include goals to limit the use of pesticides and reduce plastic waste, and to provide $ 200 billion (HUF 60,000 billion) in annual environmental aid to developing countries.

Representatives from 196 countries will vote on the proposals at a UN conference in Kunming, China, on October 15, just a month before the World Climate Conference in Glasgow.

In light of the threat of extinction of approximately one million species, UN experts have called on member states of the World Organization to protect 30 percent of their land and sea areas by 2030.

Currently, 17 percent and 7 percent, respectively, of terrestrial and marine areas are protected to some degree. In other regions, there are few restrictions on overfishing of the seas, development projects that reduce wildlife habitat, mining and industrial pollution. Additional challenges in this regard include climate change, including extreme weather events, seawater acidification and droughts. The United States, Britain and more than fifty other countries have pledged an environmental commitment, also known as 30-30.

According to experts, in order to have the greatest impact, the areas to be protected must have a rich fauna.

Environmentalists, however, have complained that these ideas will be difficult to implement. They added that different objectives can encourage countries to “black out” what is right for them and ignore the rest.

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