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Conservation Scientists Urge “Bold Global Deal for Nature” as Protected Areas Face Increased Threats

A report published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) notes that wildlife trafficking occurs in nearly 30% of the world’s most protected areas, covered by both the World Heritage Convention (WHC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Its conclusion that the current international approach to protecting CITES-listed species “is not working,” is echoed by a group of conservation scientists who have called for a “Global Deal for Nature” – similar to the Paris Agreement on climate change – to conserve 50% of the terrestrial realm by 2050 in order to halt the extinction crisis while sustaining human livelihoods. Diverse strategies for enhancing the management of protected areas are further explored in a number of policy updates and case studies published by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its partners.