Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take in response to the report by the World Wide Fund for Nature COVID-19: urgent call to protect people and nature, published on 17 June, in particular regard to addressing the environmental drivers of pandemics.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park The Minister of State, Department for International Development, The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State

The Government welcomes this and other recent reports that have made the case for swift action to prevent a repeat of this devastating pandemic. We remain fully committed to tackling the environmental drivers of pandemics, including by reversing global biodiversity loss, tackling unsustainable and illegal wildlife trade, and driving up standards in food production and food safety around the world. Nature must be at the heart of our recovery and the UK will play a leading role in securing this, including by pressing for an ambitious post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

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