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WEF’s 1st Nature Risk Rising report: $44trillion of global GDP depend on nature

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On January 19, 2020 the World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with PwC released a report titled “Nature Risk Rising: Why the Crisis Engulfing Nature Matters for Business and the Economy”. The report is the 1st in a series for the New Nature Economy(NNE). As per the report, global businesses are more than dependent on nature with an estimated exposure of $44 trillion which is half of world GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
world economic forum nature risk risingThe report in detail are as follows:

Nature Risk Rising report:

i.Threat to plants & animals: 25% of the assessed plant & animal species are in threat due to human actions. Nearly a million species are to face extinction within decades. Human activities have severely altered 75% of land and 66% of marine environments too.

ii.Nature dependent industries: Many countries are nature dependent industries. Among them, the 3 largest industries dependent on nature are Construction ($ 4 trillion), agriculture ($ 2.5 trillion) and food and beverages ($ 1.4 trillion). Their combined value is twice the size of Germany’s economy.

  • China, the EU (European Union) and the United States(US) have the highest absolute economic value in nature dependent industries generating $2.7 trillion, $2.4 trillion and $2.1 trillion respectively.

iii.Resources relied on by industries: 163 industry sectors have analysed that the GDP is highly dependent on nature and its services. Pollination, water quality and disease control are three examples of the services provided by an ecosystem.

  • Many industries rely on either the direct extraction of resources from forests & oceans or the provision of ecosystem services. Some of the examples include healthy soils, clean water, pollination and a stable climate.
  • Industries highly dependent on nature generate 15% of global GDP which is $13 trillion, whereas moderately dependent industries generate 37% i.e., $31 trillion.

iv.Framework adoption: The WEF has already adopted a framework proposed by the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) to identify, measure and manage climate risks which could be used to manage the nature risks. Click here to know more.

v.Report preparation: The report is prepared under WEF’s Nature Action Agenda(NAA).

About World Economic Forum(WEF):
Headquarters- Cologny, Switzerland.
Founder- Klaus Schwab.
Founded- January 1971.