The COVID-19 pandemic is not a break for nature – let’s make sure there is one after the crisis

Burned for opening of soybean field in the region near Flona Tapajós. Some of the uncontrolled fires pass into an area controlled by ICMBio.

Nature is facing increased pressure during the pandemic – but the right response can heal our health, our economy and our planet. Image: Flavio Forner/Conservation International

Sebastian Troëng
Executive Vice President, Field Delivery, Conservation International, Bogotá, Colombia
Edward B Barbier
University Distinguished Professor, Department of Economics, Colorado State University
Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Echandi
Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
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There are reports of increased deforestation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Image: Haroldo Castro/Conservation International
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Some governments have seen an uptick in illegal mining during the pandemic. Image: Pete Oxford

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