The Cost of Not Halting Biodiversity Loss: Key Results and Insights from the COPI Study

Patrick ten Brink of IEEP presented results of the COPI study for DGENV to economists from national administrations from across Europe at the Commission organised ENVECO 23 meeting on the 17th of June 2008.

The urgency of addressing the continued loss of ecosystems and biodiversity is being increasingly translated into economic terms. The cost of policy inaction (COPI) has been estimated to lead to a loss of ecosystem services equivalent in scale to around 7% of GDP by 2050 for landbased losses alone.

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