We live in interesting times. Climate action failure and biodiversity collapse now top the World Economic Forum Global Risk Index. And the world is responding.
Finally, after decades of working towards strong climate action and a full recognition of the true value and importance of nature, we are seeing serious traction across governments, private sector and civil society – but much more remains to be done. This is why the UN General Assembly established the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, with the aim to “prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide.” Nothing more, nothing less!
A daunting task, perhaps, but it is an idea whose time has come, and the momentum is building quickly. 2021 saw the successful launch of the UN Decade, co-led by UNEP and FAO. Under the motto “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore,” World Environment Day was leveraged to kick off a global restoration movement.