Protected Planet Report (IMAGE) Terry Collins Assoc Caption The 2020 Protected Planet Report from UNEP-WCMC and IUCN says worldwide protected and conserved areas have greatly increased in area but need to be better connected to allow species to move and ecological processes to function. While there has been recent improvement, less than 8% of land is both protected and connected - far below the almost 17% of land area now under protection - and there remains a need to ensure surrounding areas are managed appropriately to maintain biodiversity values. Credit UNEP-WCMC / IUCN Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.