Some of the most biodiverse ecosystems are not being protected and the management of many protected areas is deficient, a progress report warns

The world is edging toward a major conservation target for protected land and oceans, but there are concerns over how safeguarded areas are managed and whether they are effectively protecting endangered species, according to a new report.

Nearly 15% of the Earth’s land, covering around 20m sq km, is contained in national parks or other protected areas. This figure has flatlined over the past year, largely because of improved data collection, but is close to an internationally agreed goal to protect 17% of the land surface by 2020.

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Source: Guardian Environment