At the end of April, Joe Biden sent important signals in the fight against climate change at the "Leaders’ Summit on Climate". On this day, the World Earth Day, many participating countries committed themselves to important goals that could at least be a "virtual turning point" for the climate. But to really tackle climate change, the biodiversity crisis also has to be taken seriously and investments in intact ecosystems are needed.
The current issue of "Development in Brief" highlights the fundamental role of biodiversity in the fight against climate change – showing at the same time how strongly biodiversity itself is affected by climate change.
Human, animal and environmental health form a single unit - with a very significant impact on the perspectives of sustainable development. The COVID 19 pandemic is not the first time that the close link between human, animal and environmental health is demonstrated. As a result, the concept of "One Health" has also gained importance on the political agenda. To implement it, KfW Development Bank is pursuing a series of approaches which are presented and evaluated in a new interdisciplinary specialist publication. The commitment in agriculture, for example, the preservation of biodiversity, water and natural resources and health protection already contributes to the goals of One Health. In future, it will be increasingly important to take interactions between sectors and structural interrelationships into account.