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Financing Nature. Closing the Global Financing Gap of Biodiversity

Financing Nature. Closing the Global Financing Gap of Biodiversity, report by Paulson Institute, The Nature Conservancy and Conrnell Atkinson Center on Sustainability, estimated financial flows into global biodiversity conservation in 2019 as between US$ 124 and US$ 143 billion. This represents a near-tripling in funding since 2012 but, to put it in context, spending on agricultural, forestry, and fisheries subsidies that degrade nature is at least two to four times greater. And that does not include subsidies for fossil fuels.

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Strengthening synergies: How action to achieve post-2020 global biodiversity conservation targets can contribute to mitigate climate change

Strengthening synergies: How action to achieve post-2020 global biodiversity conservation targets can contribute to mitigating climate change The report, Strengthening synergies: How action to achieve post-2020 global biodiversity conservation targets can contribute to mitigating climate change, by UNEP-WCMC finds that conserving 30% of land in

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Biodiversity and ecosystem services: a business case for re/insurance

The report, “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: A business case for re/insurance”, by Switzerland reinsurance company Swiss Re reveals that over half (55%) of global GDP is dependent on biodiversity and ecosystem services. It also shows that in a fifth of all countries, ecosystems are in a fragile state for more than 30% of the entire country area.

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The development and use of biodiversity indicators in business

This paper introduces a spectrum of business applications for biodiversity indicators. The process introduced is designed to help businesses seeking to integrate biodiversity into their business know where to start, by asking the right questions upfront and to seek out existing indicators that could help measure and track their biodiversity performance.

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Aligning global finance with nature’s needs: a framework for systemic change

What would it take to align finance with nature? Complex, dynamic systems change through nudges, experimentation and iteration linked to rapid learning. But understanding that we need to transition along uncertain pathways should not become an excuse for degenerating into small-scale pilots and incremental actions in practice. Interventions that can drive more rapid, systemic change are possible.

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Indebted to nature. Exploring biodiversity risks for the dutch financial sector

The Dutch financial institutions have hundreds of billions of euros in outstanding loans on which they may be exposed to risks as a result of loss of biodiversity. DNB, together with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, PBL), have concluded in the report Indebted to nature. Exploring biodiversity risks for the Dutch financial sector that it is important that the financial sector maps the risks resulting from a loss of biodiversity and the dependency of companies to which they provide loans on the ecosystem services.

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Health cost of air pollution and linkage to transport

The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has published a study analyzing data from 2018 of 432 cities in 30 countries (EU plus the UK, Norway and Switzerland, with total population of 130 million inhabitants) about the health-related social costs of air pollution. The document reveals that, on average every inhabitant of a European city suffered a welfare loss of € 1,276 a year owing to direct and indirect health losses associated with poor air quality. This is equivalent to 3.9% of income earned in cities.

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The State of Nature in the European Union

The European Commission has published its latest assessment of the state of nature in the European Union. It highlights that 81 % of protected habitats are in poor condition in the EU and underlines the clear need for action if we are to have any serious chance of putting Europe’s biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030, as envisaged in the new EU Biodiversity Strategy.

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