White Papers

A biodiverse food system for an inclusive, resilient and safe future

2 Nov 2020

With the population set to reach at least 9 billion by 2050, there is no question that building adequate, inclusive, biodiverse, resilient and safe food systems for all will be one of the defining challenges of our time. How we get there, however, is less clear – especially in the wake of a global pandemic. […]

Financial incentives for a biodiversityfriendly future – is green recovery a catalyzer?

2 Nov 2020

Around the world, countries are failing to crack down on the drivers of biodiversity loss. None of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2020 have been met, and according to WWF’s most recent Living Planet Index, an estimated 1 million species (500,000 animals and plants and 500,000 insects) are now threatened with extinction. To turn the […]

Rewilding as a biodiversity engine

2 Nov 2020

As human activity pushes ecosystems the world over further into crisis, conservationists are working round the clock to develop novel, science-based strategies to restore ecological resilience and combat biodiversity loss. One such strategy that has demonstrated consistent success and captivated scientists, practitioners and interdisciplinary audiences alike is trophic rewilding – an innovative approach involving the […]

Peatlands as a super naturebased solution to climate change, and a refuge for unique and threatened biodiversity

2 Nov 2020

Despite storing close to 30 percent of the world’s soil carbon and providing a plenitude of health benefits to both people and biodiversity (including flood mitigation, habitat provision and nutrient recycling), peatlands remain overlooked and underfunded by restoration initiatives worldwide. Current estimates indicate that 15 percent of the world’s peatlands have now been drained, and […]

Mobilising private capital for land and ecosystem restoration

29 Nov 2019

There are currently many ambitious international initiatives supporting sustainable land use and ecosystem restoration, with various development agendas, declarations, and country commitments. These include the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 Life on Land — particularly SDG target 15.3 on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and the associated LDN country targets, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and […]