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Habitat, water security and air quality: New index reveals which sectors and countries are at risk from biodiversity loss

Source(s):  Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re)

Countries around the world depend on a range of vital natural services to help maintain the health and stability of their communities and economies. Better known as biodiversity and ecosystem services, these include food provision, water security and regulation of local air quality among others.

Swiss Re Institute's BES Index, however, reveals that over half (55%) of global GDP is dependent on biodiversity and ecosystem services. It also shows that in a fifth of all countries, ecosystems are in a fragile state for more than 30% of the entire country area.

The index can inform decision-making for governments' efforts to improve ecosystem restoration and preservation, for corporates and investors protecting against environmental shocks, or for the provision of insurance services that support the Sustainability Development Goals. The Index will be available as part of CatNet®, Swiss Re’s online natural hazard information and mapping system.



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  • Habitat, water security and air quality: New index reveals which sectors and countries are at risk from biodiversity loss
  • Publication date 2020
  • Author(s) Retsa, Anna; Schelske, Oliver; Wilke, Bernd
  • Number of pages 59 p.

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