The World Conservation Monitoring Center of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP-WCMC) announced that it will lead a project to examine how business decisions can be a positive force to achieve sustainability and support the SDGs and Goals of Aichi for Biological Diversity.
The project is one of twelve interdisciplinary research centers funded by the United Kingdom Global Research and Innovation Research Fund (UKRI GCRF), which aims to provide creative and sustainable solutions to help make the world safe.
Development and the Environment Hub track trade in the agricultural product. wildlife and bushmeat from its origins in Brazil, Cameroon, China, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Indonesia and Tanzania and then around of the world. The Hub will link the results at the country level with a global modeling framework to analyze different possible commercial futures and how these different scenarios could benefit or impact the nature and marginalized people. The Hub will then consider the business relationships and dependencies of the United Kingdom and their implications for a sustainable future.
Trade in wild species and crops has an “incredible potential” to create long-term jobs and stimulate economic growth. At the same time, the demand for agricultural land for crops eliminates the natural habitat of wildlife, and intensive trade can affect the populations of wild animals and plants, which can also have negative effects for marginalized people and communities. The Hub will examine the role of trade both in the maintenance of global livelihoods and in the destruction of habitats, contributing to the extinction of species and harming vulnerable people. The Center will also produce research to help ensure that trade becomes a “driver of positive change in the world, that the loss of biodiversity stops and that people get out of poverty permanently.”
The UKRI GCRF supports state-of-the-art research and innovation to address the global problems faced by developing countries and promote efforts to achieve the SDGs. The UKRI GCRF announced 12 Centers, including the Center for Trade, Development and Environment. The UKRI champion for International, Andrew Thompson, said that the scale and ambition of these Hubs allows us to “offer a coordinated global response”. He emphasized that each of the 12 UKRI GCRF Hubs “has the potential to transform the quality of life of the crowds around the world.” The world and safeguard our planet for future generations. “
The Trade, Development and Environment Center will work with more than 50 organizations from 15 countries, representing academia, civil society, governments, industry and trade agencies.
Source: SDG Knowledge Hub.