Biodiversity: Think big for marine conservation

Weaver, Phil; Johnson, David. 2012 Biodiversity: Think big for marine conservation. Nature, 483 (7390). p399.

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Marine protected areas are key tools for conservation, but they have some serious shortcomings. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has called for these areas to cover 10% of each of the world's marine and coastal eco-regions by the end of 2020. Even this modest target is proving elusive. So far, less than 2% of the ocean has been designated as protected, and nearly all of these areas are in coastal and continental-shelf regions. This is partly the result of a lack of data from the open ocean, and partly because of pressures from various interest groups, which may resist the management of ocean areas with valuable resources.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: NOC Programmes
ISSN: 0028-0836
Additional Keywords: Ecology
Date made live: 21 Jan 2013 16:38 +0 (UTC)

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