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Champions for Nature

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.

The World Economic Forum’s Platform for Accelerating Nature-Based Solutions aims to catalyse political and business leadership and action towards the delivery of a nature-positive future that benefits people and planet. Champions for Nature is the Platform’s leadership community.

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

  • Raising ambition: Shaping the global agenda on securing a net-zero, nature-positive global economy and showcasing solutions to the biodiversity and climate crises
  • Driving action: Testing and scaling initiatives which protect, restore and sustainably manage our planet’s natural capital
  • Creating learning opportunities: Building a trusted space to share insights, success stories and lessons in a rapidly evolving economic and social context

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, CEO and Executive-Chairman, Natura&Co
  • Zac Goldsmith, Minister for Pacific and the Environment, UK Government

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 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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