Nature, through Earth systems, provides almost all the vital infrastructure that we need to live, work and thrive. Even business health depends on a healthy planet. In this episode, Rob talks to Professor Steve Polasky and Delphine Gluzman to better understand the links between nature and the economy, as well as how we can align our economic activity with nature. Steve is Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics at the University of Minnesota, and has studied the links between nature and the economy for the past 30 years. Delphine is in charge of the environment section at the BNP Paribas Foundation, which currently aims to mobilize six million Euro in financing for the protection of biodiversity and climate change.

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In this episode, we catch up with the work of IPBES experts on the values of nature. Ahead of the publication of the IPBES Values Assessment in July 2022, we explore what those values are, why we should bother trying to understand them, and how we can pull all these different perspectives together into actions to protect nature and biodiversity.

This week’s guests are Professor Patty Balvanera and David Cooper. Patty is one of the co-chairs of the IPBES Values Assessment and works at the Institute for Ecosystem and Sustainability Research, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. David is the Deputy Executive Secretary at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, a global treaty that protects the diversity of life on earth.

If you want to hear more about this topic, you can also listen to episode 6 from our first season, with Brigitte Baptiste, another co-chair of the IPBES Values Assessment.

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The IPBES Global Assessment showed that governance is one of the major indirect drivers of global biodiversity loss. In this episode, we look at the power (and limits) of laws and regulations - important elements of governance. Is law an effective tool to tackle the nature crisis? What role can law play both nationally and internationally? Can we use law to bring about the transformative change needed to protect nature?

Rob talks to Dr. Michelle Lim, Senior Lecturer at the Macquarie Law School in Sydney, Australia and an expert on the intersection between nature and law.

Music: River Feeling by Kalaji (Mark Coles Smith)

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We may not realize it, but all of us use and benefit from wild species. Algae, fungi, plants and animals - from medicine to food, they’re important parts of our quality of life. But the IPBES Global Assessment identified over-exploitation of species as one of the main drivers of change in biodiversity. So how are we using wild species? Is there such a thing as sustainable use? How does illegal trade play into all this?

 

This week, Brit talks to two guests. Dr. John Donaldson is a biodiversity scientist and one of the Co-chairs of the IPBES Assessment of the Sustainable Use of Wild Species, due for release later this year. Ivonne Higuero is the Secretary-General of CITES, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

 

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IPBES assessments are massive undertakings. The IPBES Global Assessment alone involved 150 experts from 50 countries, donating thousands of hours of time over three years. So how is one of these assessments put together? What’s it like in the late-night negotiations behind closed doors? What makes such a colossal process worth the effort? Rob is joined by his long-time colleague and friend, Hien Ngo, to answer all these questions. Hien was the Head of the technical support unit for the IPBES Global Assessment.

 

You can access and read all IPBES Assessments on the website, here

 

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To be an IPBES author, you need to be one of the very best in your field. Typically this means having decades of published research to your name. But making space for a variety of voices is at the heart of IPBES. Through its Fellowship Programme, IPBES offers exceptional early-career researchers a ‘seat at the table’. Dr. Lelani Mannetti is a Fellow on the IPBES Values Assessment, and speaks to Brit about the Fellowship as a ‘fast-forward’ mechanism.

 

Brit also talks to Juliette Prieur, from AXA’s Research Fund, which is making a significant financial contribution to IPBES - specifically to support the Fellowship Programme. She tells us about the importance of supporting young researchers and why an insurance company would finance biodiversity research.

 

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February 3, 2022

We’re back for Season 2!

Brit and Rob are back for a second season of Nature Insight! Join them as they ‘speed date’ with experts with unique insights into the values of nature and the world we all share. Subscribe now to learn how to make better choices about protecting all life on earth.

 

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Values drive behaviour and are at the heart of all decisions. So how do we value nature? Is it economic or aesthetic or cultural? IPBES recently launched a major expert assessment on values to answer all of these questions and more. This week, Brit talks to Brigitte Baptiste, one of the co-chairs of the values assessment. They explore the different ways of valuing biodiversity and nature's contributions to people.

 

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Every part of society has a vital role to play in protecting nature. Business has not typically been an ally to biodiversity, but this could be changing. This week’s guests are Samata and Marie-Claire Daveu. Samata is the CEO of the Red Carpet Green Dress campaign. Marie-Claire is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Kering, a global luxury group that manages brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, and others. Join Rob as he asks them about the value of nature to business and how the private sector can help 'bend the curve' of biodiversity loss.

 

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Coral reefs are iconic, but we have all seen the images of bleached areas that were previously teeming with life and colour. These ecosystems, and more broadly coastlines, are a vital part of the efforts to protect biodiversity. So how are coral reefs doing? Are we too late? Can we still secure a better future for reefs and people?

 

In this week’s episode, Brit talks to Dr. David Obura. David has studied coral reef resilience and adaptation his whole life. He founded CORDIO, a non-profit organisation specialising in finding solutions that benefit marine ecosystems and people.

 

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