To secure the future of this young elephant, better protection of its habitat is needed
Stopping the loss of biodiversity by defining a new target for protected areas - life short science news

Scientists argue that the current international target for the protected area estate, accepted by 190 nations, is failing.

The use of simple percentage targets has proven not to be effective for conservation of nature. For example, areas of low biodiversity value have been protected, whereas the regions rich in biodiversity have been destroyed or left unprotected. On top of this, protected areas are often not well-managed, partly due to insufficient funds.

A new target to be adopted in a new convention in 2020, when the current target expires, should take global significance for biodiversity into account, so that the most important areas for biodiversity can be protected, restored, and properly managed, scientists say.

Read the full story: Wildlife Conservation Society
Scientific publication: Science