UNITED NATIONS (1 March 2019) — The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, declared on Friday by the U.N. General Assembly, aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a proven measure to fight the climate crisis and enhance food security, water supply and biodiversity.
The degradation of land and marine ecosystems undermines the well-being of 3.2 billion people and costs about 10 per cent of the annual global gross product in loss of species and ecosystems services. Key ecosystems that deliver numerous services essential to food and agriculture, including
supply of freshwater, protection against hazards and provision of habitat for species such as fish and pollinators, are declining rapidly.
Read the full press release on the UN Environment website here.