Biodiversity: Finance and the Economic and Business Case for Action

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The Convention on Biological Diversity’s 15th Conference of the Parties (CBD COP15) in 2020 marks a critical juncture for one of the defining global challenges of our time: the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, which underpin nearly all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Transformative changes are needed to ensure biodiversity conservation and sustainable use and the delivery of the ecosystem services upon which all life depends. This report sets the economic and business case for urgent and ambitious action on biodiversity. It presents a preliminary assessment of current biodiversity-related finance flows, and discusses the key data and indicator gaps that need to be addressed to underpin effective monitoring of both the pressures on biodiversity and the actions (i.e. responses) being implemented. The report concludes with ten priority areas where G7 and other countries can prioritise their efforts.


Role of innovation in addressing data gaps

The rapid development of technology has led to an explosion in the volume and types of data that can be collected across many sectors of the economy, society and environment. Biodiversity is no different and several novel, emerging or developing technologies have the potential to change the types of data that can be collected and the way existing data can be used by the public sector, private sector and private individuals. Table A F.1 provides a brief overview of four technologies that are likely to have significant impacts on the generation and usage of data for biodiversity.


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