COVID-19 and nature are linked. Recovery must be too


With the upcoming period of restrictions due to COVID 19 being locked in a big city, bored by  the same view from the window can add more stress to people. 

That is why many remote workers are turning to see small towns like Tulum to move for  extended periods. Specially designed visas are being issued for newly minted digital nomads. 

Having direct contact with natural environments with low environmental impact creates positive  relationships with the environment, reduces stress and improves the capacity of the immune  system. 

The COVID-19 pandemic forcefully reminds us of our unstructured relationship with nature. Studies reveal that deforestation and the loss of fauna and flora causes an increase in infectious  diseases. 

Half of the world’s GDP is largely or moderately dependent on nature. For every dollar spent on  nature restoration, you can expect at least $ 9 in economic benefits 

Many people wonder when everything will return to normal after the COVID-19 crisis. What we  should ask ourselves is: can we take this opportunity to learn from our mistakes and build  something better? 

Focusing on nature can help us understand where pandemics come from and how the socio economic consequences of the crisis can be mitigated.

Health, economic stability and nature are interconnected

The COVID-19 pandemic unfolding before us is having undeniable human and economic  consequences. To date, the virus has caused many deaths around the world, millions of lost  jobs and the plummeting of stock markets. 

This pandemic is also a powerful reminder of our unstructured relationship with nature. The  current economic system has put great pressure on the natural environment, and the unfolding  pandemic has highlighted the ripple effect that is unleashed when one element of this  interconnected system is destabilized. 

Intact nature serves as a buffer between humans and disease, and emerging diseases often  stem from encroachment on natural ecosystems and changes in human activity. 

We have lost 60% of all fauna and flora in the last 50 years, while the number of new infectious  diseases has quadrupled in the last 60 years. It is no coincidence that the destruction of  ecosystems has coincided with a sharp increase in these diseases. 

In an interconnected and ever-changing world with air travel, wildlife commercialization and a  changing climate, the potential for serious new outbreaks remains considerable. This is why  pandemics are often a hidden side effect of economic development and inequalities that can no longer be ignored. In other words, just as carbon is not the cause of climate change, it is human  activity – not nature – that causes many pandemics.

Nature must be part of the solution

Natural habitats are shrinking, causing species to live in spaces closer than ever to each other  and with humans. As our lives evolve, we must take into account the impact that we generate  with our activities and work to reduce it more and more. This is our opportunity to live in spaces  for progress that are balanced. 

This coronavirus crisis has demonstrated the inherent vulnerability of our socioeconomic system  to shocks. As companies assess the way out of this crisis and governments design stimulus  packages to rebuild the economy, these measures must be carefully determined. Decisions  made regarding stimulating growth and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will determine  the health, well-being and stability of people and the planet in the future.

As the World Economic Forum’s Rising Risk of Nature Report highlighted, more than half of the  world’s GDP is largely or moderately dependent on nature. Nature offers companies and  governments enormous possibilities. For every dollar spent on nature restoration, you can  expect at least $ 9 in economic benefits. Additionally, a recent report from the Food and Land  Use Coalition found that changing the way we grow and produce food could generate $ 4.5  trillion a year in new business opportunities by 2030, while saving us trillions of dollars in social  and environmental damages. Therefore, respect for the way nature works is good for business  and for future generations. 

By addressing the potential economic consequences, governments and businesses could seize  this opportunity to adjust economic models to the limits of our planet by addressing some of the  most unsustainable realities of globalization that this crisis has revealed. For example, ensuring  significant biodiversity in our calorie mix and prioritizing sustainable local products could greatly  increase levels of resilience. Similarly, a transition to renewable energy that took advantage of  

the wind and solar assets that exist in the area could reduce the carbon footprint of industrial  activities. 

Although it is a devastating example, this crisis has illustrated the potential of political will and  collective action, as well as the speed with which nature can heal if we let it. We must build on  this momentum to develop systems that better avoid or absorb any inevitable future shocks. 

What will happen to the global economy?

We are at a critical juncture in planning to overcome this global health crisis and in managing  economic crises. However, the future scenario has not yet been determined. We cannot go back  to the same situation as before. 

Designing positive stimulus packages for nature could be the key to preventing future  outbreaks, as well as ensuring the long-term sustainability of livelihoods and business activities.  One of the biggest beneficiaries of the shift towards valuing and investing in natural capital  would be the rural economy as a guarantee of the future supply of sustainable food and  commodities.

These efforts will require strong leadership from government, business and grassroots civil  society actors and cooperation at levels never seen before in this pandemic, as well as  comprehensive and targeted financial interventions. This calls for swift and effective action, not  just for the economy, but also for the planet’s long-term ability to support healthy and productive  human populations. 

When investing in a property you must take into account not only the economic performance  and the capital gain but, today more than ever, measure the impact that it will generate over  time and how that benefits you in various important aspects of life. Investing in mega multi condo developments is no longer a viable option for building healthy wealth. 

Chaakab is a sustainable building that in addition to being private (only 6 units) has eco technologies designed for a healthy life in harmony with nature. 

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