The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review

1st February 2021

Biodiversity is declining faster than at any time in human history. Since 1970, there has been on average almost a 70% decline in the populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. It is thought that one million animal and plant species  – almost a quarter of the global total – are threatened with extinction. These losses in biodiversity are undermining the productivity, resilience and adaptability of nature. This is in turn putting economies, livelihoods and well-being at risk.

Join economist Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta and Nobel-prize winning biologist Sir Venki Ramakrishnan to mark the publication of The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review. Commissioned by the UK Government, this independent, global Review will present a new economic framework, grounded in ecology and Earth Sciences, in order to understand the sustainability of our engagement with Nature, and identify the options humanity has to enhance biodiversity and prosperity.

Hosted by Venki Ramakrishnan and joined by several special guests, Professor Dasgupta will outline the Review’s central findings and respond to questions from the audience.

Questions can be submitted in advance, as well as throughout the event, on

Tuesday, 2 February, 2021 – 14:00
You can access the full review, as well as an abridged version and ‘headlines’ here.
Dr Mike Maunder, CCI’s Executive Director says: “Professor Dasgupta’s report is a measured and ambitious challenge to society. We are at a unique juncture where the undermining of society by the erosion of nature is ever more visible and at the same time we have an extraordinary desire from society to reverse that erosion to the benefit of humanity. Today we are seeing extraordinary conversations between civil society, government and business that were mere dreams at the Earth Summit in 1992. The challenge, after 30 years of discussion, is can we bring the players together with their different skills, responsibilities and ambitions to deliver the restoration of nature now and over future generations.”