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Environment Secretary calls for major increase in protection of world's oceans

Environment Secretary calls for major increase in protection of world's oceans

25 Sep 2018

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has called for a third of the world’s oceans to be protected by 2030.

Currently, global targets for marine protected areas are set by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, with parties agreeing to protect 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020. In November, the United Nations will gather to begin negotiations on a new global target, where the UK will push to increase the current figure to 30% by 2030.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:

"Protection of our oceans is a global challenge which requires global action. The UK has already safeguarded vast swathes of precious marine habitats, but we must go further. Only by working together can we protect our shared home and ensure our marine life continues to be a source of awe and wonder for future generations."

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