2021 Dasgupta report lays out a financial reason to move away from GDP as a measurement of a country’s success

“It is less costly to conserve nature than restore it”, Professor Dasgupta.


Will the government listen to this report it commissioned? If so, this could represent a significant shift in valuing nature over economics.


The new framework presented by the Dasgupta Review – which was commissioned by HM Treasury – sets out the ways in which we should account for nature in economics and decision-making.

Written by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, the review of evidence calls for urgent and transformative change in how we think, act and measure economic success to protect and enhance our prosperity and the natural world.

In his explanations, he explains that natural processes are mobile, silent and invisible – taken together it is hard to trace the harms inflicted to who is responsible. No institution can be devised to be responsible and each need to be responsible. Individuals need to develop an affection for nature, from childhood, to feel a strong responsibility. 


Watch Professor Dasgupta explain his report by clicking here. Earlier in this online event, Boris Johnson and Prince Charles gave speeches in support of the messages in this report.

Find the 600pages and summary documents here.

You may not know that COP15 (the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties ) to the Convention on Biological Diversity will meet on the 17th may to review the goals set in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. This review is timed to feed into this event. See the United Nations website here.