The Global Development Risk Assessment is the most complete look to
date at the impact that our future development will have on the land and
water we depend on worldwide.
It tells us that our world
stands to look wildly different than it does today. In all, 20% of the
world’s remaining natural lands will be developed by the middle of this
century. South America’s conversion of natural land to working land is
expected to double. Africa’s is set to triple. And only 5% of natural
lands that are at the highest risk of development are currently under
That 5% number is really a key finding,
because it tells us two important things: one — how vulnerable these
critical places are; and two — how we have to think about new solutions
beyond traditional protection.
This is really a story about
opportunity — to get ahead of this curve, to bring world-class science
to the decision-making fore, and to break new ground for conservation as
a central part of future development.
If we can inspire
companies, governments and communities to account for nature’s full
value, we can transform the world’s growth story — and better protect
our remaining natural lands along the way.