After economic meltdown, ecological collapse of the economy?


The third Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) published by the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity is the most comprehensive assessment of the state of the planet’s biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The report paints a gloomy picture of enormous loss of biological organisms which make life and therefore the economy possible. It also underlines once more the failure of global policymakers to understand and protect the life-supporting functions of nature.

In 2002, world leaders promised to achieve a significant reduction of biodiversity loss by 2010 but as this report (and others before it) shows, have failed seriously to reach the targets.

The GBO-3 report calls upon policymakers to give biodiversity the same priority as climate change by addressing “the underlying causes or indirect drivers of biodiversity loss, such as patterns of consumption, the impacts of increased trade and demographic change

The report will be a key input into the discussions by world leaders and heads of state at the UN’s General Assembly in September and the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit of October.

The European Commission has made biodiversity and ecosystems the lead theme of its annual Green Week in June. Friends of Europe’s Greening Europe Forum will organise a special policy summit within Green Week, dealing with the question what policymakers, businesses and consumers can do to protect the essential biological services and goods needed for the global economy.

More on this issue:
• IPS: We Can Live Without Oil, But Not Without Flora and Fauna
• BBC News: Nature loss ‘to damage economies’