Thirteen per cent of the world’s land surface is now a protected area

This should be good news, but given our struggles to secure meaningful protection I hesitate to feel good about this it.  Many parks continue to be paper parks and as long as bottom trawling and other destructive activities are allowed to occur within the borders of protected areas such as Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary we have a long way to go and should not take comfort in 13%.  Still the marine community has a lot of  work to do — only 0.5% of the ocean is in protected areas. I wish the headline and article offered a little clearer picture of this reality. 

 

Thirteen per cent of the world’s land surface is now a protected area
Telegraph.co.uk – United Kingdom
Originally the world conservation movement hoped to have 10 per cent of the world’s surface under protection but it is now 13 per cent.

 

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