BiodiverCities by 2030: Transforming cities relationship with nature – UPSC Prelims

BiodiverCities by 2030: Transforming cities relationship with nature:
  • The report is a key output of the BiodiverCities by 2030 initiative.
  • BiodiverCities by 2030 initiative is led jointly by the World Economic Forum and the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute and championed by the Government of Colombia. The initiative aims to support city governments, businesses and citizens, to make choices that enable cities to live in harmony with nature by 2030.
  • Report released by World Economic Forum.
Key findings:
  • Cities contribute nearly 80% to the global economy, but they also account for nearly three-fourths of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Impact of Nature Loss: Around 44% of global GDP in cities ($31 trillion) is estimated to be at risk of disruption from nature loss. More than 1.4 billion people living in the world’s largest urban centres are threatened by natural hazards.
  • Solution to overcome from Nature Loss: Investing in ‘Nature-positive’ investments – such as Nature-based Solutions for infrastructure or returning land to nature can enhance nature. It can also secure significant economic benefits as cities become more resilient, liveable and competitive.
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