Proceeding of the Royal Society Special Feature: Biodiversity in the Anthropocene


A Special Feature, The Value of Biodiversity in the Anthropocene, was guest edited by Nat Seddon. Meeting the ever-increasing needs of the Earth’s human population while maintaining biological diversity is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Despite bold international commitments, biodiversity continues to decline. One potential solution rapidly gaining momentum—as well as opposition—is to incorporate the economic value of biodiversity into mainstream decision-making. Given the need for coherence in tackling the biodiversity crisis, this Special Feature synthesizes recent research advances across natural sciences to explore this controversial topic in relation to economics and policy. Key findings are captured within an interdisciplinary framework that recognizes the foundational role of biodiversity in sustaining the value of ecosystems to humanity.