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Many nations lag in plan to slow extinctions by 2020: UN

Published on Sep 28, 2012 9:02 PM

OSLO (REUTERS) - Many nations need to do more to slow extinctions of animals and plants under United Nations (UN) targets for 2020 that would also save the world economy billions of dollars a year, UN experts say.

Only a few countries - including France, Guatemala and Britain - have so far adopted new national plans to tackle threats such as pollution or climate change in line with a sweeping pact agreed in Japan in 2010.

"There is a lot more to do," Mr David Cooper, head of the scientific, technical and technological unit at the Secretariat of the UN. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal, said.

Almost 200 nations will meet in Hyderabad, India, from October 8-19 to review progress towards goals to protect life on earth that UN reports say is suffering the biggest wave of extinctions since the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago.

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