Up to a million species are at risk of extinction in the next few decades – and that loss of biodiversity could lead to ecosystem collapse across much of the globe, with massive repercussions for human livelihoods. Yet by drastically transforming the planet’s landscapes, humans are directly contributing to biodiversity loss, pollution and climate change – along with the spread of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19.
Acting on the urgency of global crises, some 5,000 participants tuned in from 148 countries for GLF Biodiversity: One World – One Health on 28–29 October 2020. The digital conference, hosted by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), brought together a wide range of key actors including scientists, practitioners, policymakers, financiers, businesses, Indigenous leaders and youth, to explore ways to ‘build back better’ from COVID-19 while simultaneously tackling the climate and biodiversity crises. Speakers called for the widespread adoption of an integrated landscape approach across the international policy, corporate, financial and grassroots arenas. Read this report to see the event’s key outcomes.