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Linda Vergnani ABC Environment  First posted 20 Nov 2014

AT LEAST 30 PER CENT of the world's oceans should be protected as marine parks where fishing and mining are banned, according to a new target set at the close of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's World Parks Congress in Sydney yesterday.

The sharply increased target was drawn up by conservationists and is based on more than 80 scientific studies. Currently just two per cent of the world's ocean environment is protected.

During the closing session, representatives of several countries, including Brazil, Gabon, Russia, Madagascar and South Africa were cheered as they pledged vast new areas for marine conservation. Read more at