BirdLife International has today joined 20 of the world’s leading conservation organisations in today calling on the G20 for urgent action to invest in nature to protect biodiversity and reduce thereby the risk of future pandemics.
World leaders gathering in Riyadh this weekend have an unparalleled opportunity to build into COVID-19 economic recovery plans specifications to conserve planetary health and reset human interactions with nature.
The cost of conservation investment is a fraction of the estimated $26 trillion in economic damage COVID-19 has already caused. An estimated $700 billion a year investment would reverse the decline in biodiversity by 2030. That’s about one-fortieth the cost of the economic fallout from the current pandemic.