UNEP Becoming #GenerationRestoration: Ecosystem restoration for people, nature and climate

“This report presents the case for why we all must throw our weight behind a global restoration effort. Drawing on the latest scientific evidence, it explains the crucial role played by ecosystems from forests and farmland to rivers and oceans, and charts the losses that result from our poor stewardship of the planet.

 

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration provides a unique opportunity to transform food, fibre and feed production systems to meet the needs of the 21st century, and to eradicate poverty, hunger and malnutrition. This we seek to achieve through effective and innovative landscapes and seascapes management that prevents and halts degradation, and restores degraded ecosystems. The restoration of forest landscapes, farming, livestock and fish-producing ecosystems should primarily contribute to restoring them to a healthy and stable state, so that they are able to provide ecosystems services and support human needs for sustainable production and livelihoods.

 

…International cooperation can help countries to implement their existing restoration pledges, which cover more than 1 billion hectares, an area bigger than China. Global meetings on climate and biodiversity slated for later this year are an opportunity for governments to increase their ambition further, and to force the pace of implementation. But long-term success will depend on the UN Decade realizing its overarching goal of catalysing a global movement that outgrows and outlives the 10-year timeframe. By engaging in restoration, everyone – from governments and businesses to civil society groups and individuals – can contribute towards resetting our relationship with nature.” (Foreword)