The U.N. is nearing its decade-long goal of protecting 10 percent of the global ocean by 2020. But the world may fall short.
As of early 2018, only two years away from the U.N. target, the world is not even halfway there, according to the study. (The assessment was supported in part by the National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seasproject.)
The scientists found that 5.7 percent figure also included regions that were in various stages of becoming marine protected areas (MPA). In some cases, the areas were simply being proposed. In others they were still under discussion and not fully approved.
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