New report by UNEP-WCMC showcases Altyn Dala in study on Ecosystem Restoration
UNEP-WCMC have launched their report “The benefits of ecosystem restoration: an analysis of five European Restoration Initiatives” at the UN biodiversity summit COP15.
The policy brief provides the lessons learned from an analysis of ecosystem restoration benefits, drawing on the experiences of five successful restoration initiatives within Europe: Altyn Dala, Carpathian Mountains, European Seas, Gökova Bay, and Danube Delta initiatives.
It reveals how degraded ecosystems in Europe are being restored by the efforts of organisations, local communities and governments across the five locations and that, while each location faces its own challenges, the tactics being employed are similar. More importantly, they are working.
Ecosystem restoration has an important role to play in meeting the global and national goals of halting biodiversity loss and cutting greenhouse gases emissions. Despite all the projected benefits, restoration has been slow on the ground. It has been difficult to start new projects and to scale up existing ones to larger areas with increased capacity and funding. The report aims to support the acceleration of much needed restoration work across Europe by providing inspirational examples of the many benefits that restoration can achieve.
What is the range of benefits of ecosystem restoration of the five initiatives?
The benefits of the five initiatives can be split into four categories: biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and socio-economic benefits. The initiatives showed benefits in all of these areas indicating the widespread positive effects that they are likely to have both on the natural world and on human well-being.
Alongside their report, UNEP-WCMC have also launched a policy brief “The benefits of ecosystem restoration: Eleven Lessons Learned from an Analysis of Five European Restoration Initiatives” detailing the lessons learned and what policymakers can do to support restoration initiatives.
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