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Analysis: Nature-pact goal to protect 30% of land and ocean hangs in balance

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  • Global nature accord set to be agreed in China subsequent May
  • Key pledge is for nations to protect 30% of land, sea by 2030
  • Nature-rich China and SE Asian nations amongst these but to commit

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The central pledge of a deliberate new international nature pact – to protect 30% of the planet’s land and seas – is in doubt, with some biodiversity-rich nations refusing to commit as a result of of jitters over funding and implementation, officers have warned.

A coalition of about 70 international locations – together with G7 rich governments – have already promised to preserve a minimum of 30% of their land and oceans by 2030, a pledge generally known as 30×30, to assist curb local weather change and the loss of plant and animal species.

The 30×30 goal is an element of a draft international treaty to safeguard vegetation, animals and ecosystems, due to be finalised subsequent May on the COP15 nature summit in the Chinese metropolis of Kunming, in accordance to the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).