Invisible nature key to global economy: U.N. | Reuters

Posted by Trish Riley, October 12, 2010

Nature is not just about fluffy animals or brightly colored frogs — it's central to the health of businesses that need to incorporate environmental impacts into their risk management, a senior United Nations official said.

Impacts on nature needed to be measured and managed right through the supply chain, he said.

But accounting systems needed to be refocused to fully calculate environmental degradation caused by economic development. Failure to do so meant companies were not measuring the balance sheet and profit and loss accurately

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