Posts under category: global


The new natural

This new podcast series from IPBES ‘Speed Dating with the Future‘ holds conversations around peoples’ relationship with nature. The latest episode, linked here, is with CORDIO’s David Obura, on the ‘new normal’ that will emerge in the Anthropocene, what coral reefs tell us about how it might be, and the […]


Is COVID-19 the canary in the coal mine? What we can learn from this unprecedented situation to safeguard humanity and biodiversity in the future

COVID-19 – it is an issue born out of humanity’s incessant interference with the natural environment. A predicted health crisis The world has understandably been focused on documenting and tackling the unfolding human health crisis posed by the novel coronavirus COVID-19; but as the human, economic and social costs of […]


SDG narrative model for action

See our latest – establishing a narrative model to facilitate SDG action published in Marine Policy journal: “Getting to 2030 – Scaling effort to ambition through a narrative model of the SDGs“. Please access the article on the publishers page here.   For information on the model and its further […]


No net loss of ecosystems?

‘No net loss’ as a global biodiversity goal? This week (24-28 Feb 2020) in Rome countries and observers are discussing the next ten year strategy for biodiversity and its sustainable use, based on the ‘zero draft‘ drafted by the Convention on Biological Diversity released on 13th January 2020.  


Coral reefs, SDGs and the post-2020 biodiversity framework

In November 2019 the Convention on Biological Diversity ran marine consultations for the new ‘Global Biodiversity Framework’ for 2021-2030, under the umbrella of its Vision for 2050, “living in harmony with nature”. CORDIO is contributing to this ‘post-2020‘ process with two primary inputs based on the experience of coral reefs […]


CORDIO at IPBES 7, Paris

CORDIO’s Dr. David Obura was a Coordinating Lead Author in the IPBES Global Assessment report launched in Paris on 6 May 2019. The assessment is the first of its kind to assess, from local to global levels, peoples’ dependence on nature, the degree of impact we are having, and to […]


Technology in IPAT

This article explores one of the three terms of the IPAT equation (see here) – technology. Population and affluence will be the subject of further articles. The original article was published on 20 March 2019 on the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB) blog here. Please go to […]


Global footprint and sustainability

The “three horses of sustainability” – the IPAT equation provides a simple but powerful model for understanding the roles of population, affluence and technology, particularly from the challenge posed by the Anthropocene – how to reduce one’s personal or societal impact.