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Nature-positive economy

How changes to the economy can help nature thrive

Why do we need a nature-positive economy?

Small scale trials of potential solutions to farmland bird decline before use in larger scale research trials or agri-environment scheme options, RSPB Hope Farm, Cambridgeshire

The economy influences most decisions governments, businesses and individuals make. Together, our challenge is to ensure that over the course of the next ten years, which is the decade to tackle the nature and climate emergency, decisions made by all businesses drive the shift to a nature-positive economy. If we fail to do so, we will see irrecoverable species loss and declines in the life-giving ecosystem services our societies rely on.

How do we get there?

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A nature-positive economy will involve systemic change and a drastic shift in our approach to economic policy making. We want to make sure nature is embedded in all business and financial decisions. Not only to actively contribute to nature’s recovery and recognise its benefits for business, but also to minimise negative impacts and support businesses dependent on ecosystem services such as clean air and water.

Business as usual is not an option

The Dasgupta Review defines nature-positive as ensuring ‘that our demands on nature do not exceed its supply, and that we increase nature’s supply relative to its current level’. This goal must be translated into measurable actions, against which businesses and other organisations can be held accountable.
The path to nature-positive will be different for each economic sector, therefore the nature-positive movement must be flexible, evidence-based, and collaborative.

What we're doing

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We have decades of practical experience working with key sectors across land use (eg farming and forestry) and built infrastructure. We are commited to being a leader in Nature Positive actions, collaborating with partners and using our influence and expertise to drive change in key sectors, policies, law and regulations.

Our vision for a nature-positive economy

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An economy that works to address biodiversity loss by:

  • Halting the loss of critical natural ecosystems
  • Protecting and restoring at least 30% of UK land, inland waters, coasts and oceans
  • Fully reflecting the value of nature in all decision-making so that people, governments and businesses are motivated to enhance nature
  • Addressing climate challenges, developing sustainable resource use, tackling invasive species, and significantly reducing pollution across society.