The UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration: Quick Rundown


This year, during World Environment Day, the United Nations announced the launch of the new global movement, the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. Where the UN encourages, countries, cities, and individuals to take action to restore our ecosystem and more in the next 10 years.

Let’s take a look at the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.

What is Decade of Ecosystem Restoration

Restoring coral reef to rebuild marine ecosystem
The Decade of Ecosystem Restoration is the new initiative aimed to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. The goal is to restore and also protect the parts of the ecosystem that are fragile and keep it balanced. It is to urge people to take more action before it is too late. It is said that we have only 10 years left to reverse and restore the damage that we have done to our earth. By restoring the ecosystem, we can also combat poverty, climate change, and end mass extinctions. As millions of people’s livelihood depend on a healthy ecosystem.

This program is a global outcry for more to take action.

“We are reaching the point of no return for the planet,”

“We are ravaging the very ecosystems that underpin our societies, and in doing so, we risk depriving ourselves of the food, water and resources we need to survive.”

UN Secretary General António Guterres

Why We need Decade of Ecosystem Restoration

Beautiful mountain ranges
There are many ways to take action, including actively planting and bringing back the lost nature and lessen the stress on the depleting nature. The goal is to restore “350 million hectares of degraded terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems” by 2030, and with that, we can then generate up to $9 trillion USD in ecosystem services. In addition, if the ecosystems are properly restored, it is said that the restoration can “remove 13 to 26 gigatons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The economic benefits of such interventions exceed nine times the cost of investment, whereas inaction is at least three times more costly than ecosystem restoration.”

Global Actions

In preparation for World Environment Day and the launch of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, Pakistan started the program strong with Ten Billion Tree Drive, to help restore the mangroves. Which they successfully planted their billionth tree, in addition, the Pakistan government has also encouraged their citizens to take action with new green initiatives and pledging to protect and restore 1 million hectares of land by 2023. Along with Pakistan, many other countries and cities had pledged to make a difference by restoring their city and nations. Such as Madrid with their new Green Belt, or African countries together restoring their mangroves and water. With all these exciting news, let’s take a look at the things you can do to restore and save the planet in the next 10 years.

How you can take part

UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration Visual
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Show your support for the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration by sharing on your social media and website. Join in conversations that talk about ecosystem restoration. Advocate for laws and regulations that can help restore nature. Take initiative in planting trees, cleaning up oceans, and other more sustainable actions, support brands that are taking action to restore the ecosystem.

Learn more about this year’s World Environment Day and the theme of Ecosystem Restoration here.

Author: Monica Chang
Started my ethical journey in 2010. Always looking for better options for me and the environment.