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.
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.
A new report uncovers hidden costs linked to the UK food industry, including environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.
The ESAforD program, led by the Swedish EPA and collaborating with WAVES, is looking at natural water purification, pollination, and urban green open spaces.
Several indicators have the potential to measure progress on the SDGs as well as highlight important trends in the environment more broadly.