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Why nature’s future underpins the future of business

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By illuminem briefings

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Illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on Financial Times or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: The rising incidence of bee theft in California serves as a stark example of the economic value of nature
• The narrative unfolds around the global economy's deep dependence on natural resources, highlighting the significant challenges businesses and financial institutions face in valuing and safeguarding biodiversity

🔭 The context: Species extinction and ecosystem degradation not only impact the planet but also present significant risks to businesses and finance, affecting supply chains, regulatory compliance, and reputational standing

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Natural systems, such as forests and oceans, play a vital role in carbon sequestration and climate stabilization
• The loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services threatens these natural processes, exacerbating climate change and other environmental challenges

⏭️ What's next: Companies and investors are urged to integrate nature and biodiversity into their strategic planning. Innovations in financial instruments, like the Forest Resilience Bond, are emerging to fund ecosystem protection
Legal and regulatory pressures are also increasing, emphasizing nature-related risks and responsibilities

💬 One quote: "We’re getting away with not paying nature, the ultimate worker" (Paula DiPerna, author of 'Pricing the Priceless')

📈 One stat: Pollinators underpin one in every three bites of food eaten globally, illustrating the critical role of biodiversity in food production and supply

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