Launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

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There has never been a more urgent need to restore damaged ecosystems than now. Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. UNESCO believes that reconciling humanity with all life on Earth is both essential and possible. We have solutions that can be up-scaled to meet the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’s aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent a mass extinction. It will only succeed if everyone plays a part.

UNESCO’s intersectoral strategy for biodiversity is based on 3 pillars: restore the relationship between humans and nature and regenerate ecosystems; conserve the harmony of our ecosystems; and amplify the power of youth. UNESCO’s contribution to the UN decade on Ecosystem Restoration is embedded in safeguarding biological diversity and a diversity of communities’ worldviews, social practices, cultural expressions, languages and knowledge systems respectful of the living. The backbone of this strategy are UNESCO designated sites which provide over 1,000 places for its implementation around the globe.

As a collaborating agency of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, UNESCO is organizing the following events for its official launch:

The two events will present how UNESCO’s call for a reconciliation of humans and nature through its programmes that favour transdisciplinary cooperation of scientific, indigenous peoples and local communities, education for sustainable development and the protection of cultural and natural heritage could be amplified and owned by the major leaders and actors of transformation. Actions taken in UNESCO designated sites and related networks resulting from these shared values constitute a “culture of living” that includes all our knowledge and cultures that value and transmit diversity, beauty and the richness of life on Earth. The events will discuss how investing in solidary links, human creativity, ethics of living together and transformation abilities to understand and respect other species, can empower present and future generations and secure both individual and collective responsibility to stop the destruction of our common home.

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