We need to stem habitat loss from agriculture, logging and economic development and restore degraded ecosystems. We need to drastically reduce the pollution that is devastating our oceans, to curb the illegal wildlife trade and to stop the over-exploitation of natural resources
COVID-19 is closely linked to an unprecedented biodiversity loss. We have altered three-quarters of the world’s terrestrial surface and two-thirds of the marine environment. Ecosystem destruction and wildlife exploitation are key drivers of zoonotic diseases in humans. And around USD 44 trillion of global value added depends on nature today.
Nature is life! The life of countless species and intricate ecosystems that make up the biodiversity on which our own lives depend.
While emissions are expected to drop by around 8% this year due to lockdown measures, the IPCC says that they would need to continue to drop at around the same rate every year from now until 2030 in order to stand the best chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This gives you an idea of the sheer and urgent challenge we face.
The OECD has been working hard to help countries navigate the pandemic and to sow the policy seeds needed to “build back better”. This is a key objective of our COVID-19 Policy Hub, which contains over 100 policy briefs, as well as a country policy tracker and extensive data.
Welcome to the second World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-OECD High-level Dialogue focusing on the importance of nature-based solutions (NBS), and how they can contribute to a green and resilient recovery.
Today, we are facing a global public health crisis with the coronavirus pandemic, and the world’s governments are struggling to respond. The health of so many, especially the most vulnerable, is at risk. Water and sanitation are key to combatting this crisis, with basic hygiene and hand-washing on the frontline of our defensive measures.
As we roll up our sleeves to fight the global environmental crisis and protect out planet, let’s make sure women’s voices are heard by mainstreaming gender into environmental policies and empowering women to engage in environmental policymaking and management.
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, the international community made decisive commitments to transform development and address the global climate emergency. Today, we are brought together by the conviction that these brilliant examples of multilateral cooperation must pave the way to a more sustainable and prosperous future.
Placing Well-being at the Heart of Climate Policy