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Right now, our natural world is declining at an unprecedented rate. The Middle East’s unique geographic location and arid climate conditions make it vulnerable to rising temperatures and water shortages, hence the impacts of this decline are real - increased rates of desertification and habitat degradation, loss of arable land, the threat of multi-year droughts, frequent sandstorms and rising temperatures put the region’s 300 million people, and its natural environment, at growing risk.
The region supports some of the most vulnerable and endangered species on the planet, hosting close to 100 critically endangered species, such as the Sand Tiger shark, the Hawksbill turtle and the Rüppell's vulture, and more than 600 endemic species, including the Dragon's Blood tree and Softcoral seahorse. Nature also brings strong socio-economic and cultural linkages, with agriculture, pastoralism and herding, and fisheries deeply rooted in the region’s heritage.
Businesses face new risks from nature loss and must respond to emerging regulatory, consumer and investor pressures. By putting nature-positive strategies in place and integrating them into their plans, business leaders can harness new opportunities that create sustainable outcomes for all.
Our passionate community of solvers is working together with businesses and governments to transition to a nature-positive future.
Almost half the region’s GDP is highly or moderately dependent on nature
Source: Nature Risk Rising, WEF-PwC
Decline in the region’s wildlife populations from 1970 to 2010
GCC coastline modification resulting in significant biodiversity loss
US$1 tn 45% the region’s GDP is highly or moderately dependent on nature
34% Decline in region’s wildlife populations from 1970 to 2010
40% of GCC coastline modified, resulting in significant loss of biodiversity
PwC's global Centre for Nature Positive Business unites more than 500 nature specialists across our network. Bringing together knowledge in biodiversity, water, forestry, regenerative agriculture and geospatial analysis, the Centre is accelerating the global transition to a nature-positive and net-zero future.
In the region, the Centre will:
Governments need to implement dedicated action plans to halt and reverse the loss of critical habitats and species, enhance water management practices and conserve vital freshwater, and mainstream sustainability and conservation in key social and economic activities. New enabling strategy, policy and regulatory tools are required to achieve a nature-positive future.
Governments worldwide, including those in the region, are striving to reach the 30x30 target1- to protect 30% of their lands, oceans and inland waters by 2030. Efforts along this objective should double down and be coupled with effective enforcement and compliance practices to curb illegal hunting and habitat degradation.
Invest in nature-based solutions for both biodiversity and human well-being. This includes reforestation and afforestation initiatives, ecosystem restoration projects, and the integration of nature-based infrastructure solutions like green roofs and wetlands.
Nature tech aims to harness the power of technology to better understand, protect and sustainably manage our natural resources and ecosystems. Governments should drive innovation in, and adoption of, nature tech, covering remote sensing and conservation, drones for wildlife and habitat monitoring, the Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics and predictive modelling.
Governments should prioritise environmental education and public awareness campaigns to foster a greater understanding of the value of nature and the importance of its protection. This fosters a sense of stewardship and enables more informed and responsible individual choices and behaviours.
Many organisations may be further along the path to becoming nature positive than they think. We can help you understand what nature means for your business, why it matters and how you can start your nature-positive journey.
Understanding and managing your business’s location-based impacts and dependencies on nature is an essential starting point to ensure its long-term sustainability and to manage risk. We can help you understand your interface with nature, the risks and opportunities it poses to your business, and how to monitor your progress.
Once you understand your business’s interface with nature, you must translate that information into a clear vision and mission with robust transition plans, goals and targets that integrate with existing sustainability and corporate strategies. We can help you develop bespoke plans to transition towards a nature positive future.
Transparency in measuring and reporting nature-related impacts, risks and transformation is an essential component to attract and retain investment as well as to adhere to regulation and manage reputation. The Centre for Nature Positive Business works with organisations to fully understand their interface with nature and to report their impact, targets and strategies in line with best practice and regulation.
Read PwC's analysis of the nature risk that organisations could be facing. Business relies heavily on nature to supply much-needed goods and services. Recognizing those dependencies is the first step toward managing the risks and opportunities they create.