UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: WWF joins rallying call to protect and restore vital ecosystems as a global partner

Posted on 31 May 2021

Amidst a backdrop of increasing deforestation, freshwater and ocean health degradation, the designated decade (2021-2030) presents an unmissable opportunity to scale up impact and prevent, halt, and reverse degradation of ecosystems worldwide.
31 May, 2021 – WWF is proud to join leading environmental organizations as a global partner in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems, vital to our lives and well-being, all around the world.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the UN Decade in 2019 following a proposal for action by over 70 countries. It will run from 2021 to 2030 and will help build political momentum for restoration as well as accelerate impact on the ground. 

As a Global Partner, WWF will play an active role in managing and shaping the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Building on our extensive experience to protect and restore nature, our long-term commitment will entail actively funding and leading efforts to realize ecosystem restoration globally, and contributing new science and research to help scale up these efforts effectively. A newly released WWF report on forest landscape restoration – which marks the start of this contribution – shows that restoration can bring multiple social, economic and environmental benefits when implemented at a landscape level and in collaboration with local communities. 

Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International says:

“Human civilisation completely depends on nature for health, well-being and prosperity. We have seen this firsthand working with communities and partners across geographies to protect and restore ecosystems they live in and depend on, from forests and grasslands to rivers and wetlands and coral reefs and mangroves. Today, as the world seeks to secure a resilient, carbon-neutral and nature-positive future for all, we must rally together to stop the decline of nature, reverse its loss and set it on the pathway to recovery by 2030. It is an ambitious vision but through collective political will and action coordinated through the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, we have an unmissable opportunity to deliver. 

"As a Global Partner, we are excited and energized about working with others to bend the curve on biodiversity loss, tackle the climate crisis, and build a future in which people and nature thrive. Together as one, we can help inspire a new generation of people who recognize that nature isn’t abstract or separate from our lives but an intrinsic part of our existence, our well-being and our future.”

Tim Christophersen, Coordinator, UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, says:

“To some, a decade may sound like a long time. But it is the next ten years that scientists tell us matter most in our fight against catastrophic climate change, and in protecting the one million species currently threatened with extinction. Reviving hundreds of millions of hectares across terrestrial and marine ecosystems is a daunting task. It cannot be met by any one entity alone.

"WWF is already leading efforts in ecosystem restoration around the globe as one of the world's leading independent conservation bodies. We look forward to working together to shape the UN Decade with significant and long-term commitments, linking closer the well-being of people, wildlife and the environment.”

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration officially launches on Saturday, 5 June 2021, also marked as World Environment Day. 

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Notes to editors:

WWF has been working with partners around the world to help create and accelerate initiatives to restore forest landscapes, grasslands, peatlands, rivers, wetlands, seagrass and critical coastal environments like coral reefs and mangroves. More information on our work on ecosystem restoration can be found here.
Liberty Island on the Danube River - the largest restoration project by WWF and partners in Hungary until now
Liberty Island on the Danube River - the largest restoration project by WWF and partners in Hungary until now
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