By Kanupriya Kapoor
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – United Nations negotiators on Monday released a series of proposals to protect nature, including a plan to put at least a third of the planet under conservation protection in the next decade, but environmentalists said that the sketches weren’t ambitious enough.
The 21 proposals include targets to reduce pesticide use, reduce plastic waste, and direct $200 billion a year to protect nature in developing countries. They will be voted on by the 196 countries of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity when it meets in October.
With an estimated one million species at risk of extinction at the moment, countries are being urged to conserve 30% of their land and maritime territories by 2030.
Currently, about 17% of the land and 7% of the seas are under some form of protection. Elsewhere, there are few limits to overfishing, residential complexes, mining or industrial pollution, which diminish natural habitats around the world.
And challenges related to climate change, including extreme weather events, ocean acidification and drought, create new pressures for many species.
As drafted, the proposals can be difficult to implement, environmentalists said. There are so many individual goals that this could encourage countries to select those that are convenient and ignore the rest, they warned.
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