Why business should help shape a Paris-style global agreement for nature

WWF’s Markets Practice Leader, Cris Close, takes stock of the recent Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity, and explores why the private sector should call for an ambitious global agreement for nature that restores natural systems and unlocks business opportunities.

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Recipe for change

In his recent Review on the Economics of Biodiversity, commissioned by the UK Treasury to inform the international response to nature loss, Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta reminds us of a simple truth: we are part of nature, and embedded within it, not separate from it. Our economies, livelihoods and well-being all depend on this most precious asset. And yet our failure to recognise this relationship is costing us dearly and putting our future at risk.

Collective responsibility and opportunity

This is an agenda for change, responsibility for the delivery of which lies with all of us — not just with governments but also with business, finance, and civil society. And this year, we have an extraordinary opportunity to pursue it.

Nature means business

Lest there be any doubt, nature means business. Some of the best opportunities for stimulating economic recovery and job creation lie in ‘green’ industries. Addressing climate change could create 65 million new low-carbon jobs by 2030. Every million dollars invested in renewable energy, for example, could create 7.5 jobs compared to 2.7 jobs for the same investment in fossil fuel projects.

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Forging an agreement for nature, people, and business

An ambitious Paris-style global agreement for nature would help scale business action and investment for nature and create a nature-positive economy.

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Building a future in which people live in harmony with nature.

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