Protecting 30% of oceans a huge challenge for the planet

HOW do we go from protecting 8% of marine areas to 30% in under 10 years? This question is at the heart of a global forum in Canada this weekend aiming to save marine ecosystems under threat from overfishing, pollution and climate change.

On the heels of the historic biodiversity agreement signed at COP15 in Montreal late last year, about 3,000 officials, scientists, civil society organisations and Indigenous groups are meeting in Vancouver for the fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress, which opened yesterday and runs until February 9.