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Coronavirus: Disease Control

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL5879, tabled on 17 June 2020

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.

Answered on

1 July 2020

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.