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UN talks on a new deal aimed at protecting nature and equitably sharing in its benefits seem to be on course for a positive conclusion.
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meeting saw intense diplomacy in its final hours as delegates tried to iron out remaining differences.
The Japanese hosts in particular have been desperate for a successful end.
Western nations appear to have given ground on the thorniest issue – sharing of natural genetic resources.
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It is not yet clear how – or even if – resolution has been reached on other outstanding points, such as how much of the Earth’s lands and oceans should be placed under protection.
China has been criticised by environment campaigners for insisting that the agreement in Nagoya should call for protection of no more than 6% of the marine environment – and none at all outside coastal waters.
The current global target is 10%.
The other outstanding issue has been money, with Brazil and its allies arguing that by 2020, $200bn (£125bn) per year should be made available for biodiversity conservation.
BBC News understands that a deal has been reached under which countries will agree to have such a plan in place by 2012, when Brazil will host the second Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.