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Champions for Nature is a community of leaders disrupting business-as-usual to lead the way to a nature-positive global economy and halt nature loss by 2030.

Champions for Nature: Leading the transition to a nature-positive global economy

Champions for Nature is a community of leaders using their experience and ambitions to pave the way to a net-zero, nature-positive global economy by 2030. This community gathers champions from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia - all playing complementary roles in a multistakeholder approach - to call for, and spearhead, a prosperous, resilient and equitable world for all.

‘Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about that.’

—— Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission at Davos Agenda Week

We are reaching irreversible tipping points for nature and our climate which threaten our future on Earth. However, fighting climate change is essential for human survival, but not enough. Over half of the global GDP - US$44 trillion – is at risk from nature loss due to the resources and services that nature provides.

Champions for Nature is the leadership community for the pillar of “fast-tracking towards a nature-positive economy”. It gathers leaders from the public and private sectors, civil society, academia and activism - all playing complementary roles in a multi-stakeholder approach.

The Champions are calling for a global reset in our relationship with nature by:

  • Raising ambition: Elevating the agenda of nature-positive economy and showcasing solutions to the biodiversity crisis
  • Driving action: Testing, scaling and strengthening the accountability of nature-positive business actions
  • Creating learning opportunities: Sharing challenges and successes on their organisations’ nature-positive journeys and encouraging other leaders to start or accelerate theirs

The New Nature Economy report series makes the business and economic case for action to halt nature loss and serves as the fact base for the community.

In line with its cross-sector focus, the community has three co-chairs for 2021-22:

  • Inger Andersen, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
  • Roberto Marques, Board Member, Natura&Co
  • Zac Goldsmith, Minister for Asia, Energy, Climate and Environment at the Foreign, Common wealth and Development Office, United Kingdom

Champions is a forward-looking, growing community, which leaders join to:

  • Take a primary role in shaping the net-zero, nature-positive agenda on the global stage
  • Showcase how their companies, governments and organizations are disrupting business-as-usual practices to halt nature loss
  • Identify new multistakeholder partnership opportunities by working with and learning from other global leaders

Champions for Nature Initiatives:

BiodiverCities by 2030 is a multistakeholder initiative that supports city governments, businesses and citizens to reimagine urban development with nature and people at its core. Its vision is to create nature-positive cities, where every human activity leaves the Earth enriched and not depleted, by 2030.

100 Million Farmers is a multistakeholder platform catalysing action to transition towards net-zero, nature-positive food systems by 2030. It sets out a shared global ambition while supporting local solutions that incentivise farmers and empower consumers to place climate, nature and resilience at the core of the food economy.

The 1t.org Corporate Alliance is a cross-industry alliance committed to exercising leadership and integrity in forest conservation, restoration and reforestation; reporting publicly; raising ambition and delivering long-term impact.

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