New policy brief: The cost of putting the environment on the backburner

The EU policy reactions to the COVID pandemic, the recent economic downturn and the Russia-Ukraine war have proven once more that, although they remain urgent, our environmental crises remain on the backburner.

In a new Policy Brief, SUPERB researchers from the University of Copenhagen, University of Oxford and the European Forest Institute explain why erratic and short-term environmental policies, with hard-to-reverse impacts on nature, are irrational from societal and economic points of view.

Read the policy brief “The cost of putting the environment on the backburner“, by Thomas Lundhede, Joseph Bull, Sophus zu Ermgassen, Niels Strange, Qian Liu, Charlotte Süring, Sven Wunder and Bo Jellesmark Thorsen.

Commentary: Heavy reliance on private finance alone will not deliver conservation goals

To which extent can private finance contribute to the achievement of biodiversity targets? A new commentary published in Nature Ecology & Evolution warns that, although private market-based mechanisms play an important role in addressing some drivers of biodiversity loss, there is an overreliance on that type of funding in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

The commentary is authored by Katie Kedward & Josh Ryan-Collins (University College London) and SUPERB researchers Sophus zu Ermgassen (University of Oxford) and Sven Wunder (European Forest Institute). They argue that heavy reliance on private finance poses contradictions in delivering conservation outcomes and propose a critical ongoing role for direct public funding of conservation.

Read the commentary “Heavy reliance on private finance alone will not deliver conservation goals”.