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Protected Planet Report 2018 goes digital

The latest Protected Planet report – produced by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, IUCN and the National Geographic Society – was released at the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference (COP14). It is the first Protected Planet Report to be complemented by an interactive, digital version, which will be updated regularly with the latest data and, key findings.

The Protected Planet Report draws on data held by the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) to provide a biennial update on global progress towards Aichi Target 11, which calls for 17% of terrestrial and inland water areas and 10% of coastal and marine areas to be protected by 2020. The latest report reveals that significant progress has been made in expanding protected area coverage: 11: 15 % of the world’s terrestrial areas and 7% of coastal and marine areas are now within protected areas. However, much less progress has been made in achieving other aspects of Target 11, e.g., those related to equitable and effective management, connectivity, and the conservation of areas of particular importance for biodiversity.

A PDF version of the report can be downloaded here.