Economics and Finance of Biodiversity
Wednesday, September 29
17:00 - 18:15
How will the international biodiversity conservation agenda affect governments and business in the near future? What are the key trends that will shape this agenda?
When analyzing the factors that will affect business in the context of sustainable development, companies often focus primarily on issues related to climate change. Few pay attention to the risks and opportunities of another area that will also have a significant impact on their business – biodiversity conservation.
In October 2021, China will host a major UN event on biodiversity conservation in Kunming, it will be the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
During the upcoming Conference, it is planned to sign the Kunming Agreement on Biodiversity, which can become the second Paris Climate Agreement by level of its importance.
One of the breakthrough reports analyzing the impact of biodiversity on business and the economy was published in February 2021 by the UK Department for Foreign Affairs and International Development. Professor Partha Dasgupta, the lead author of the review, will tell us about risks and opportunities that businesses will have to deal with.
Former Director of Science, Society and Sustainable Futures Division, UNCBD
Head of the Center for Bioeconomics and Eco-Innovation, Faculty of Economics at MSU
Director, IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (IUCN ECARO)
Music Adjunct Professor, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Director, WWF Russia
Programme Officer, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Urban Economy Consultant, World Bank, Rwanda
Director of the Office of Climate Change at the Biodiversity and Environment (OCB), Officer in Charge of Land and Water Division (NSL) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO
* The Programme may be subject to change