This week sees the release of two major new reports on biodiversity focusing on the accelerating destruction of ecosystems and species extinction. The Chatham House report on Food System Impacts on Biodiversity Loss, backed by the UN, and the Dasgupta Review on The Economics of Biodiversity, commissioned by the UK Treasury.
2021 is a critical year for climate and biodiversity. We have seen how the world has responded to the Covid 19 emergency and now we could see how it responds to the ever growing environmental emergencies.
With both the UN Biodiversity Summit and the UN Climate Change Conference this year, the growing weight of reports and assessments such as these, together with their increased focus on the economic importance of nature, is adding greater weight to the call for action. Could this be the catalyst for policymaking and funding to result in less thought and word, and more action and deed?