Assessing and enhancing capacities to restore ecosystems globally

14 Nov 2020

Through Resolution 73/284, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2021– 2030 to be the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The resolution calls for supporting and scaling up efforts to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of ecosystem restoration.

To support the implementation of the Decade, an FAO-led Task Force on Best Practices was established. The Task Force, comprising 85 members from 32 organizations, lays the ground for knowledge capitalization and dissemination, and for the identification of new knowledge products tied to restoration.

This paper session centres on the Capacity Needs Assessment conducted by the Task Force to identify what and whose “system-wide capacities” need to be enhanced to achieve the goals of the Decade.


  • The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (UN Decade)

  • Christophe Besacier

    Senior Forestry Officer, Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism Forestry Division, FAO

  • Faustine Zoveda

    Forestry Officer, Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism Forestry Division , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  • Vera Boerger

    Senior Land and Water Officer, Land and Water Division (NSL) , FAO

  • Kathleen Buckingham

    Senior Manager, Social Research, Data and Innovation, Global Restoration Initiative, World Resources Institute

  • Robin Chazdon

    Research and Consultant, Forestoration International