On Monday, at the COP15 in Montreal, the conference organized by the UN on biodiversity, It has been reached an agreement that provides for a large extension of the protected areas and an increase in the funds destined for their protection. The agreement it was presented from China, which holds the conference presidency this year.
The agreement provides that protected areas – both terrestrial and marine – will become 30 percent of the total by 2030 (today they are 17 percent of terrestrial ones and 10 percent of marine ones). The agreement also provides for the collection of 200 billion euros to support biodiversity policies: of these, at least 20 billion will be destined for the poorest countries – i.e. about double those currently disbursed – and the plan is to bring them to 30 by 2030.
The agreement has been positively judged by some organizations dealing with environmental protection. On Sunday Brian O’Donnell, director of a campaign to protect biodiversity also supported by National Geographic, told al Financial Times that the final draft of the text contains “the largest commitment to the conservation of lands and seas in history”.