UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is turning 50 in 2022; that being said, there is still lots of work to be done to sustain ecosystems worldwide. Therefore they have declared the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration recognizes the need to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide for the benefit of both people and nature. They have established a 2021-2030 timeline which underlines the urgency of the task. The UNEP believes that this 10-year push for restoration is essential to achieving the climate targets outlined in the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals outlined in their report called “Ecosystem Restoration for People, Nature, and Climate.”
The report touches on the importance of what is happening in the world’s ecosystem focusing on eight different types of ecosystems, which consists of:
- Grasslands, shrublands, and savannahs
- Oceans and coasts
- Urban areas
The informative nature of this report is suitable and relevant to anyone and everyone. Furthermore, the reasons for necessary restoration are plentiful. Ecosystem restoration is beneficial to the economy, food security, health and well-being, and more.
As this global movement is already on the rise, there are currently 50 founding initiatives to tackle restoration across the globe and expanding. Furthermore, there is an opportunity for organizations that work on ecosystem restoration to apply and join the Decade Restoration Implementers. You can see all the initiatives or volunteer your initiative at https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/
You can find resources about the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration at https://www.unep.org/resources/ecosystem-restoration-people-nature-climate. If you would like to listen to a UNEP representative speak about UNEP and its activities, listen to Muhammed Omotola, a Program Officer at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He was a Guest at our August webinar series on Resource Efficiency: The 3 Rs.
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