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The sky's the limit? Reaching global conservation goals

Welcome to the first in our 'focus' series profiling the key themes of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. The Congress will look at what has been achieved and what still needs to be done to reach global conservation goals. It will profile the countries, people, places and organisations that are leading the way to conservation success.

In 2010 governments agreed on a series of conservation targets. One of the goals is that by 2020, 17% of land and 10% of oceans are protected - up from today's 14% and 3%. Another target is that by 2020 no known threatened species goes extinct. 

Protected areas are the best known tool to conserve biodiversity. Many threatened species today find safe haven in these areas. With the MesoAmerican Parks Congress taking place 18 to 21 March in Costa Rica, as part of the preparations for the World Parks Congress, we're focusing on Meso-America and the Caribbean which are among the world's most biodiverse regions.

Safe haven: threatened species that have a refuge in protected areas

    News and features

    Dr Jon Hutton

    Aiming high: Can we reach global conservation goals?

    In 2010 the international community set 20 conservation targets. They include the goal that 17% of the earth’s terrestrial area and 10% of marine and coastal areas are conserved by 2020. Is this achievable? Dr Jon Hutton, Director of the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre responds. …  

    17 Mar 2014 | Article


    Governments unite to conserve iconic Sargasso Sea

    Governments of Bermuda, the Azores, Monaco, United Kingdom and the United States have signed a declaration committing to the conservation of the Sargasso Sea – a vast patch of mid-Atlantic Ocean known for its unique floating seaweeds that harbour rich biodiversity. This is the first time an international alliance has been formed to protect this unique haven of marine life. …  

    12 Mar 2014 | International news release

    Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

    People power

    In Mexico protected areas are booming thanks to strong support from politicians and the people. …  

    14 Mar 2014 | Article

    Tiger at Chitwan National Park, Nepal

    Nepal celebrates ‘zero poaching year’ for rhino, tiger and elephant

    Nepal recently marked a successful year of species conservation by announcing that during the previous 365 days, not a single incident of rhino, tiger or elephant poaching had been recorded in any of the country’s protected areas.   …  

    14 Mar 2014 | Article

    • Reaching Conservations Goals - Infographics
    SOS - Protected Areas (video in Spanish)
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