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COP15: Nations reach ‘historic’ deal to protect nature

COP15: Nations reach ‘historic’ deal to protect nature

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BBC/H BriggsBy Helen BriggsEnvironment correspondent in MontrealA new deal to protect nature has been agreed at the UN biodiversity summit, COP 15.The "historic" plan will put 30% of the planet under protection by the end of the decade.There will also be targets for safeguarding vital ecosystems such as rainforests and wetlands.The agreement was finalised in the early hours of Monday in Montreal, Canada.The following points were agreed:Maintaining, enhancing and restoring ecosystems, including halting species extinction and maintaining genetic diversity of populations of wild animals."Sustainable use" of biodiversity - essentially ensuring that species and habitats can provide the services they provide for humanity, such as food and clean water, without being destroyed.Ensuring that the be...