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    Most Asian countries are far behind biodiversity targets for protected areas, finds study of 40 countries

    Asian countries and the percentage of protected areas (PA) in 2020. The full and abbreviated names for all Asian countries analyzed in this study are shown. The map projected using WGS 84 EPSG: 4326 coordinate reference system. Credit: Communications Biology (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s42003-022-04061-w

    Protected areas are one of the most effective tools for safeguarding biodiversity, but new research published today has found that most Asian countries failed to achieve a global minimum target of protecting at least 17% of land by 2020. Under current trends, the outlook for achieving the Global Biodiversity Framework’s 2030 target to protect at least 30% of land is bleak, with Asia set to miss this by an even greater margin.

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