13 Jun Can nature heal itself? What the pandemic has shown us
(CNN)In the dark early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when a death toll of 1 million was still unimaginable, there was one bright spot: nature appeared to be healing. With humans under lockdown, stories circulated about unusual animal sightings, like wild goats taking over a town in Wales — and then became a joke about the public’s thirst for signs of regeneration: New Yorkers claimed the return of Elmo to Times Square as proof of a great earthly rebalancing.
‘Covid-19 has been a godsend to poachers’
“Covid-19 has been a godsend to poachers,” says Cassinga.
‘I’m not proud of it and even wish I wouldn’t have done it’
“For the most part, communities surrounding Uganda’s protected areas, conservancies and important wildlife areas are some of the poorest and most marginalized,” she says.
Heading toward Kunming 2021
Currently about 15% of global land and 7% of waters are protected, according to the UN’s database of protected areas. The goal set a decade ago by global representatives in Aichi, Japan, was 17% for land and 10% for waters by 2020 (still lower than scientists’ 30% target for both).