Nature provides people with everything from food and water to timber, textiles, medicinal resources and pollination of crops.
Something fundamental may be shifting in the way we see our relationship with the natural world.
Depletion of natural capital is an irreversible process and steps to assess and combat this are needed urgently.
The plants, animals, and micro-organisms that are the bedrock of food production are in decline, according to a UN study.
Plants, animals and micro-organisms crucial to indirectly upholding the human diet are dying out, study shows
This long-term failure to incorporate nature into decision-making had led to over exploitation of the natural environment and under investment in maintaining biodiversity, she told the first ever National Biodiversity Conference, which is being staged at Dublin Castle.
Simply protecting small forests will not maintain the diversity of the birds they support over the long run, a new study says. Forests need to be carefully monitored and managed to maintain their ecological integrity.
Green Growth Knowledge Platform asked thought leaders to share their insight on new approaches to wealth accounting and the challenges of moving beyond GDP.