• Nature reserves on the rise but funds lacking


    SYDNEY: Vast areas of land and sea have become environmental sanctuaries in recent years but the world is not funding them adequately, the United Nations warned on Thursday. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said that countries were on track to meet targets to protect 17 percent of land and 10 percent of marine areas by 2020. With more than a million square kilometers (386,000 square miles) made protected zones in the past two years, “the physical coverage aspect of the target is likely to be met,” it said in a report.



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