Filling the Gap: The Role of Business in Conserving Biodiversity

We are in the midst of one of the greatest extinction events Earth has experienced, and the first driven by humans. Roughly half of the global economy—$44 trillion USD—is dependent on nature or the services it provides. Based on the Paulson Institute’s landmark Financing Nature report with The Nature Conservancy and the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, there is a $700 billion USD gap between what the world spends on biodiversity conservation today versus what is needed over the next decade.

This is a big number, but it is also manageable. Humanity cannot wait to solve climate change before addressing the biodiversity crisis; these twin crises must be solved together.