A new study has found that a total investment of USD$8.1 trillion is required over the next 30 years to successfully tackle the climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises through nature-based solutions, amounting to $536 billion a year by 2050. 

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Justin Adams, Head of the Tropical Forest Alliance at the World Economic Forum, says, “The State of Finance for Nature report underlines the urgency and the criticality of increasing investment in nature. It highlights how little is invested today – $133 billion represents only 0.1% of global GDP and a tripling of this feels like a no-brainer given the enhanced resilience this would provide to the global and local economies. Studies show this is also good for business – some $10 trillion in business opportunity and 395 million new jobs could be created by investing in nature-positive solutions.”

UNEP Executive Director, Inger Andersen adds, “Biodiversity loss is already costing the global economy 10 percent of its output each year. If we do not sufficiently finance nature-based solutions, we will impact the capacities of countries to make progress on other vital areas such as education, health and employment. If we do not save nature now, we will not be able to achieve sustainable development. The report is a wake-up call for governments, financial institutions and businesses to invest in nature — including reforestation, regenerative agriculture, and restoration of our Ocean.”