The Big Picture – Natural Systems

A green economy is one that invests, protects and restores our ecosystems

Managing our natural systems

People and economies depend on nature for everything. Until now our economies have not reflected that dependency.

Re-valuing our natural systems in terms of the societal, economic, cultural benefits that they bring will help to drive investment towards them and create new opportunities for local communities.

Governments are already taking action. By 2020 global annual payments for ecosystem services are expected to reach $300 billion. If correctly managed, these large sums could mean new jobs and livelihoods – particularly for poorer countries.

 

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