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Biodiversity and business risk (World Economic Forum, 2010)

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Biodiversity and business risk
 A Global Risks Network briefng
World Economic ForumJanuary 2010 A briefng paper or participants engaged in biodiversity related discussions at theWorld Economic Forum Davos-Klosters Annual Meeting
Prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers or the World Economic Forum
 
Biodiversity and business risk
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World Economic Forum – January 2010
 
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World Economic Forum – January 2010Biodiversity and business risk
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Overview 2Biodiversity loss at the nexus o many risks 3Biodiversity loss and economic value 5Current perceptions o biodiversity loss 6 A typology o biodiversity risks 8 A case study o biodiversity loss and agricultural supply chains 10Biodiversity and business over the next decade 12Managing biodiversity risk 14 Acronyms 16 Acknowledgements 16Reerences 16
Contents
Biodiversity underpins ecosystem services. Bees can’tpollinate, nor can trees store carbon, i they have all died.… Diverse systems are better at capturing carbon, storingwater and preserving fsheries. Just how diverse anecosystem has to be in order to supply the goods andservices needed by man is a matter o debate - a debatemade harder by the act that many species may have usesthat man has not yet ound.”
The Economist, 2008

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