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i4n The Earthshot Prize 2023

Reverse the curve
of biodiversity loss

In our exploration of planetary boundaries, we underscore the alarming modification of processes vital for biodiversity resilience—changes surpassing those induced by climate transformation. The scale of the crisis is stark: one million species teeter on the brink of extinction, 50% of our forests have vanished, and 47% of ecosystems face decline, all repercussions of human activities. The World Economic Forum (WEF) identifies biodiversity loss and ecosystems collapse as the third most severe risk humanity will confront in the next decade.

Despite these dire statistics, the biodiversity crisis remains a nascent topic in public discourse. To reverse the curve of biodiversity loss, fortify ecosystems, and mitigate climate change, substantial and swift transformations are imperative. Figure 4 illustrates that intensified conservation efforts alone won’t suffice; a societal shift in how we produce and consume goods and services is paramount. Our collective goal must be the realization of a nature-positive world.

Bending the curve of biodiversity loss

Key Imperatives for Combatting Biodiversity Loss

  • Public Awareness: Amplifying public discourse on the biodiversity crisis is crucial to mobilize support for change.
  • Systemic Changes: Shifting from conventional production and consumption patterns to sustainable, nature-positive practices is essential.
  • Conservation Augmentation: Bolstering conservation efforts is integral, but systemic changes are pivotal for sustained impact.

Nature-Positive Solutions

Nature-positive solutions emerge as the linchpin in halting and reversing biodiversity loss. These solutions actively enhance the health and resilience of natural ecosystems, fostering a harmonious coexistence between human activities and the environment. This transformative approach is central to mitigating the severe risks outlined by the WEF.

Further Reading

  • Ecosystem Services: Why do we rely so much on biodiversity?
  • 5 drivers of biodiversity loss
  • Nature-positive solutions: How to take action for biodiversity

Relevant I4N Ventures

Explore innovative ventures committed to combatting biodiversity loss and promoting a nature-positive world. Ventures such as Vallée Éternelle, Real Naturation, InvestConservation, and Force for Nature are at the forefront of driving positive change.

Author:
Coralie Delacoste