Ramped up efforts needed to protect the world's inland waters

Coverage of surface water ©EU 2019

Coverage of surface waters (both seasonal and permanent) by protected areas in all countries. ©EU 2019

A study of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) found that at least 15% of the world’s inland waters are covered by protected areas, which is close to the global target of 17% set out in the CBD's Aichi Biodiversity Target 11.

However, surface water protection is very unevenly distributed globally, still falling well below 17% in over half of the world’s countries.


Scientific publication
The paper can be accessed here:https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210496

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