Protecting Biodiversity Will Take More Than Just the ‘30X30’ Target

Protecting Biodiversity Will Take More Than Just the ‘30X30’ Target
Police officers walk past the convention center at the COP15 biodiversity conference in Montreal, Canada, Dec. 14, 2022 (Canadian Press photo Ryan Remiorz via AP).

A landmark framework agreed to at the Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP15 summit in December includes the “30X30” commitment to conserve at least 30 percent of the world’s land and oceans by 2030. The target was welcomed by most environmental groups, but some observers question whether the “protected area” approach is enough.

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