The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the strong links between human, animal and planetary health. Meanwhile, natural disasters, ecosystem loss and other climate shocks will not stop during the COVID-19 response and recovery phases.
What we do today will determine how well we handle future risks and shocks. As governments take urgent action and lay the foundations for their financial, economic, and social recovery, they have a unique opportunity to create economies that are more sustainable, inclusive and resilient. For example, short and long-term recovery efforts should prioritize investments that boost jobs and economic activity; have positive impacts on human, social and natural capital; protect biodiversity and ecosystems services; boost resilience; and advance the decarbonization of economies.