Latin America

Colombia “really close” to protecting one-third of its marine zones

Outgoing President Duque said the country would meet UN commitments ahead of time. Critics say his administration was less than sustainable

Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) in Nuquí, Colombia. Guillermo Ossa
Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) in Nuquí, Colombia. Photo: Guillermo Ossa/Shutterstock

President Iván Duque of Colombia, who is set to leave office in August, announced this week that his country is “really close” to achieving the landmark of placing 30 percent of its marine zones under protection. Colombia would be the first Western country to fulfill this goal.

His announcement was made alongside Environment Minister Carlos Correa during the UN Ocean Conference, which ends today in Lisbon, and was heavily celebrated. Colombia had committed to the UN to reach 30 percent of marine zone protections by 2030.

The achievement gives UN representatives a reason to celebrate after member countries...

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