Today we published a new Special Feature in Proceedings B on the topic of ‘The value of biodiversity in the Anthropocene’, guest edited by Professor Nathalie Seddon (University of Oxford) and Dr Rachel Cavanagh (British Antarctic Survey).
This Special Feature is particularly timely, as many scientists agree that meeting the ever-increasing needs of the Earth’s human population while maintaining biological diversity is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Despite bold international commitments, biodiversity continues to decline. One potential solution rapidly gaining momentum—as well as opposition—is to incorporate the economic value of biodiversity into mainstream decision-making.
Given the need for coherence in tackling the biodiversity crisis, this Special Feature synthesizes recent research advances across natural sciences to explore this controversial topic in relation to economics and policy. Key findings are captured within an interdisciplinary framework that recognizes the foundational role of biodiversity in sustaining the value of ecosystems to humanity.
Guest Editors for this year’s Special Feature Nathalie Seddon and Rachel Cavanagh say ‘The challenge now for scientists and practitioners is to work together with governments to bring biodiversity to the heart of the sustainable development agenda.’
This Special Feature covers a broad range of perspectives on this important issue, and includes articles on marine and terrestrial environments, at scales ranging from microbes to tropical rainforests. A full list of the articles included can be accessed via ‘The value of biodiversity in the Anthropocene’ page on the journal website.
Special Features in Proceedings B aim to highlight a topic of particular importance or interest to our readership, and include both review and research articles covering different aspects of this theme. Previous Special Features in the journal can be found on our Special Features page.