The United Kingdom’s Treasury (economic and finance ministry) is gearing up to launch an independent global report on the importance of biodiversity for economies and future prosperity. Led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity could help precipitate a major rethink on how we value biodiversity and its implications for policy and … [Read more...] about Why is the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity a big deal?
Ecosystems and Biodiversity
The world is facing an unprecedented health crisis caused by infectious diseases. According to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that 60% of all infectious diseases registered in humans are of animal origin (zoonotic) and 75% of new or emerging ones are zoonotic. Avian influenza, rabies, or brucellosis stand out as the best-known examples of … [Read more...] about One health, one world
During the pandemic crisis nature suddenly feels much closer. Many of us regularly hear a symphony of birdsong from our make-shift offices at home while local parks are proving to be lifeline for our mental and physical health. As countries plan to ease lockdowns, parks and urban green spaces may be among the first places where people meet again and will be important to … [Read more...] about Can nature support a green and inclusive economic recovery?
Valuing Natural Capital’s Contribution to Economic Well-Being Government budgets are allocated according to the strength of political and economic arguments. Economic arguments to support public policy and investment in natural capital and ecosystem services are often weak due to the complexities involved in valuing these life support systems, especially in the terms that … [Read more...] about Developing Tools for Valuing Natural Capital’s Contribution to Economic Well-Being: OPEN IEEM
Jane and Arturo enjoyed a tasty lobster and a pina colada while soaking their feet in the turquoise waters of Hispaniola Island, relaxing after a sightseeing trip where they spotted migratory birds and dived alongside manatees within green and thick mangroves. Little did they know that, throughout its life, that lobster had passed several phases of its growth in these … [Read more...] about Mangroves, the biological link between environmental protection and economic development