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How has your first week in February gone? We hope you are keeping safe, staying well, and are managing to ride out these rough days. There are, after all, notes of optimism beginning to sound.

1. Anyone with a Sense of Urgency, Please Apply Here

“It makes the case for systematic appraisal of the economic contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to human well-being; and for routine steps to prevent that contribution being lost or diminished through neglect or mismanagement. It is an appeal to each of us, whether a citizen, policy maker, local administrator, investor, entrepreneur or academics, to reflect both on the value of nature, and on the nature of value.”

You might think the “It” in the quote above is this week’s much-awaited Dasgupta Review (released on Feb. 2). It isn’t. In 2010 The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity released its report Mainstreaming the Economics of Nature. This in turn emerged from a 2007 G8+5 meeting in Potsdam where it was agreed to “initiate the process of analysing the global economic benefit of biological diversity”.

Ten years down the line and we’re still writing reviews, though this time there are many more column-inches being generated in response — most of which are positive. There are detractors, but no one can now say that the message isn’t out there loud and clear, and nature and biodiversity is both rising up the political agenda and is well and truly hitting the mainstream. Nature and natural capital are populating my Twitter feed, and are popping up constantly in all my main news sources, whether TV- or internet-based. Definitely something to celebrate.

2. Unplanned, but Timely

As Prof. Partha Dasgupta declared that biodiversity is “intrinsic to human economy” and that “nature can’t be divorced from human action”, Shashi Velath, who leads our Behaviour Change community, interviewed WhatIF Foods’ Christoph Langwallner for our Talking Heads | Getting Stuff Done Series. (The excellent timing was unintentional but works for us.) Chris has been working for decades on the relationship between how we produce food, the human consequences and the destruction of biodiversity — and not just on the theoretical level. Catch up with the full interview here.

Christoph Langwallner of WhatIF Foods

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3. The Race to 2030

I want to give a big shoutout to a post on the Live Feed by impact investor Cheryl Hicks, who reported back on Davos Agenda 2021. Her “10 Insights & 5 Big Ideas from the World Economic Forum” is an excellent summation, and well worth reading. As her headline reads: The Race to 2030 is On and it Gets a Turbo Boost from the Digital Economy & Women Leaders at Davos 2021. Please check out her post here.

4. Our Top Tip

Have you attended any webinars or virtual events recently that you, too, could report back on? What are your takeaways? Would others gain from hearing about them? Please share — short or long — in either the Live Feed or within a relevant community.

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Fiona (fiona@neohome.io), Bas, Ross, Phil, & the whole neoHome team

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