Pavan Sukhdev is special advisor and head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative and Study Leader for the G8+5 commissioned report on the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), a project he was appointed to lead in March 2008 while still working full time at Deutsche Bank. He continues to be on the board of Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets Centre Mumbai. Pavan is chairperson of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Biodiversity and pursues long-standing interests in environmental economics and nature conservation through his work with the Green Indian States Trust and other NGOs.

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On a cool day last December, the eminent Swedish scientist Johan Rockström stood in front of a large audience at the European Parliament in Brussels and pleaded his case. “This is what we could call ‘the scientist’s nightmare,’” Rockström said. “We have disturbed the energy balance to the point where we are committed to three […]

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As we near the end of the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity, we need to take stock of recent events. We should reflect on increasing ecological risks and disasters and our collective failure to meet biodiversity targets. In 2002, the world’s leaders agreed to drastically cut back on biodiversity loss by 2010. Yet none […]

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