Rangelands are staples of human and planetary health, sustaining 20 percent of global livelihoods and providing a wealth of ecosystem services spanning from carbon sequestration and water filtration to habitat provision and biogeochemical recycling. Yet, despite occupying half of the world’s land surface and harbouring much of its biocultural diversity, they remain both undervalued and underfunded by restoration initiatives worldwide.
This paper seeks to galvanise global support for the restoration of degraded rangelands, celebrating the vast multitude of services that savannahs, grasslands and silvopastoral ecosystems provide to both people and planet, while highlighting key priorities for policymakers and investors going forward.
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Author: WOCAT,IUCN,UNEP,Global Environment Facility
Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum
Keyword(s): biodiversity, communities, degradation, grasslands, health, livelihoods, One Health, restoration, savannahs, silvopastoral ecosystems, UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
Ecosystem(s): Drylands and Rangelands