What is the Decade on Restoration?
The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has declared 2021 through 2030 the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, as this is fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals focused on climate change, poverty eradication, food security, water, and biodiversity conservation.
The focus is to unite the world behind the common goal of “preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of ecosystems worldwide.” However, the goal can only be achieved if everyone — which includes not only Member States, but also local governments, the private sector, academic, and individuals — come together. Particular emphasis is on the importance of securing the rights of rural communities and indigenous peoples, who have long been the custodians of the ecosystems, and building upon their knowledge.
Why is this Program Important?
Communities around the world are experiencing the ever increasing side effects of degraded ecosystems resulting from global warming, de-forestation and natural resource mismanagement, pollution, population growth and development, and even social conflicts. By restoring ecosystems to a healthy state our communities, countries, and continents as a whole realize significant environmental, social, cultural, and economic benefits of ecosystem services.
Great Ecology & the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
As a global ecological consulting firm, we at Great Ecology share the passion and vision the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration puts forward. We continue to educate our clients and communities about the multitude of benefits ecosystem restoration provides, while offering strategic and innovative solutions tailored to each project. Great Ecology supports UNEP's goal of accelerating ongoing restoration efforts and we are well versed in six specific ecosystems highlighted in The Decade's strategy: forests, freshwaters, mountains, oceans & coasts, urban areas, and wetlands.