by Mark Minevich, Forbes
The world’s biodiversity status is in crisis mode––and Covid-19 has only exacerbated this reality. Covid has served as a stark reminder that negative interactions with species can directly impact our lives. As of 1970, the world has seen a significant 68% average decline of birds, amphibians, mammals, fish, and reptiles. Just in the Americas alone, natural ecosystems provide humans an estimated $24 trillion worth of economic value every year, equivalent to the entire gross domestic product. As wildlife changes occur, all ecosystems become less resilient and are more at risk. Without resilient ecosystems, agriculture, water and wildlife-based tourism are left in significantly vulnerable shape.
Current monitoring methods either don’t have the capacity to scale globally, or simply don’t have the required resolutions––and fine-scale data is often not within reach. Governments and administrations have been slow to install measures; meanwhile, private sector employers desire the competitive advantages that come with ‘green’ credentials, but don’t always know how to contribute effectively, leading to green-washing and wasted resources.