News Stories

N4C response: IPBES Workshop on Biodiversity and Pandemics

Friday 30th October 2020 — N4C congratulates IPBES for pulling this seminal analysis together. The statistics are both terrifying and emboldening. On one hand, the report cites that the likely cost of COVID-19 was $8-16 trillion globally by July 2020. It further estimates that costs in the United States alone may reach as high as $16 trillion by the 4th quarter of 2021.

N4C response to Leaders’ Pledge

Monday 28th October 2020 — Political leaders participating in the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity in September 2020, representing more than 60 countries from all regions and the European Union, have committed to reversing biodiversity loss by 2030. By doing so, these leaders are sending a united signal to step up global ambition and encourage others to match their collective ambition for nature, climate and people with the scale of the crisis at hand.

Reflections on 2020 from a Nature Campaigner

Thursday 27th July 2020 — This year was full of best laid plans for the environment. Campaigners were colloquially calling 2020 a “super-year,” with three critical international meetings that could yield a strong global treaty on biodiversity, a long-awaited high seas ocean agreement, and a climate convention which was to hold countries to account and ratchet up global climate ambition. Decades-long negotiations and intergovernmental meetings might finally culminate in transformative globally agreed action.

IUCN launches first-ever global nature-based solutions standard

Thursday 23rd July 2020 — Today, IUCN releases the first-ever global standard that will help mainstream nature-based solutions while protecting people and the planet. After a two-year participatory consultation process with almost a thousand people, IUCN has developed a framework for both the public and the private sector. The goal is to move towards reliable, consistent and internationally-recognised standards for planning and implementing nature-based solutions.

EU launches Biodiversity Strategy for 2030

Wednesday 20th May 2020 — The EU has just released its new Biodiversity Strategy, a plan to tackle the accelerating collapse of nature both within Members States’ territories and those countries from which they import key commodities. Halting biodiversity loss within both land and ocean ecosystems is essential to sustain the natural systems providing protection, food, and livelihoods that our societies and economies rely on.