MONITORING REPORT ISB: The Asina region is falling well short of achieving the various elements of the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 on protected areas agreed in 2010 by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, reveals a report.

The Asia Protected Planet report is authored by UNEPs World Conservation Monitoring Centre in partnership with IUCN and provides an in-depth assessment of the current state of protected areas in 24 Asian countries.

It shows that while there has been significant progress over the past four years, only a handful of Asian countries will have at least 17 per cent of their terrestrial area and inland waters covered by protected areas by 2020.

According to the report, terrestrial protected areas covered 13.9 per cent of the Asian region as of August 2014.

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