Publications

The economics of biodiversity : the Dasgupta review

Fletcher, Robert

Summary

Commissioned by the UK Treasury Department and released to much fanfare in February 2021, the The Dasgupta Review is the latest (and, at 21 chapters and 600+ pages, longest) in a series of similar reports endeavouring to demonstrate the economic importance of in situ natural resources in order to motivate their sustainable management. This tradition stretches back at least to the 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, then traces froward through United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity (TEEB) and Green economy initiatives, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's (WBCSD) Vision 2020 report, the Capitals Coalition's Natural Capital Protocol, and on to other more recent initiatives like the 2020 Financing nature report from The Nature Conservancy (TCN) and the Paulson Institute, among many others.