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Bold nature retention targets are essential for the global environment agenda

Ambitious targets for the retention — not just formal protection — of nature are urgently needed to conserve biodiversity and to maintain crucial ecosystem services for humanity.

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Fig. 1: A headline global retention target emerges from an example set of specific sub-targets.


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Maron, M., Simmonds, J.S. & Watson, J.E.M. Bold nature retention targets are essential for the global environment agenda. Nat Ecol Evol 2, 1194–1195 (2018).

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