Investing 0.1% of global GDP could avoid breakdown of ecosystems, says UN report

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Nature’s financial value must be considered to avoid ‘irreversible’ degradation to biodiversity and land

The world needs to quadruple its annual investment in nature if the climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises are to be tackled by the middle of the century, according to a new UN report.

Investing just 0.1% of global GDP every year in restorative agriculture, forests, pollution management and protected areas to close a $4.1tn (£2.9tn) financial gap by 2050 could avoid the breakdown of natural ecosystem “services” such as clean water, food and flood protection, the report said.

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