U.N. decades are always a very powerful tool to raise awareness . . . I really believe that global restoration of degraded ecosystems is of the highest importance. We've seen more than 100 years of destruction of ecosystems, especially forests, and now it’s time to enter into 100 years of restoration.
The idea for the U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration was inspired by a conversation with Horst Freiberg, head of Division for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Management of Forests, Biological Diversity and Climate Change in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, at a Global Landscapes Forum meeting (GLF Bonn 2017).
I think there are many stars that are aligning now. There are popular protests for stronger climate action. There is clear understanding that if we are to stop biodiversity loss, we have to conserve what is left – stop the bleeding – but also give patient Earth, who is in the emergency ward, a blood transfusion.
As a generation of people, we have the responsibility and opportunity of restoring our severely-depleting ecology, one of the most urgent needs of the hour. Mobilization of finances, people and political class is paramount in making it a reality.
Restore ecosystems through socially inclusive processes; degraded lands by establishing a climate resilient agriculture, biodiversity friendly agroforestry; establish integration of physical, natural infrastructure.
Japan is an industrial nation, but has high forest cover; in recent past deforestation due to development led to frequent disasters; We realized how much native forests meant, started replanting trees.
We are strongly committed to REDD+.
We cannot address climate change without addressing other inequalities in communities.
Just knowing what is the total impact, especially when thinking about co-benefits, is a huge challenge.
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