Help shape the strategy for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration – Landscape News

A worldwhere for the health and wellbeing of all life on earth and that of futuregenerations we have restored the relationship between humans and nature, byincreasing the area of healthy ecosystems, and by putting a stop to their lossand degradation. Vision andtheory of change for the U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (20212030)

On 1 March 2019, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution for 2021 to 2030 to be the U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, focusing ten years on massively increasing efforts to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. (For the full background on the Decade, read here.)

But how will this happen? With the 2020s being deemed as the imperativeClimate Decade, how will restoration-focused Decade turn from a pipedreaminto an actual planet-transforming success?

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which are the organizational leads of this Decade, have, along with partners, developed a draft strategy for the Decades implementation built upon a series of consultations with governments, practitioners, civil society, youth, and private sector. The strategy, centered on three pathways to be carried out in tandem, is currently being circulated publicly for people to offer commentary and feedback until 30 April 2020. Should you wish to take part in the consultation, or should you just be curious about what such a strategy entails, here is a short digest of what it says.

Pathway I: Building a global movement

The Decade will develop a global movement ofindividuals and organizations through the following means.

Pathway II: Generating political support

Pathway III: Building technical capacity

Management arrangements

Along with implementing on-the-ground ecosystem restoration initiativesand establishing a small team focused solely on the Decade, the two leadagencies UNEP and FAO are mandated to:

The Decade will be further designed, overseen and carried out by aStrategy Group, Advisory Boards for technical guidance and Working groups onspecific themes.

Funding will be overseen by a special task force, anda Multi-Partner Trust Fund will be established within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)to provide funding to the Decades coreteam. All Member States and other interested partners are invited to contributeto the Trust Fund. The Fund can accept contributions from non-state actors aswell, in line with United Nations Rules, but it will not accept contributionsfrom the fossil fuel industry. The Decade will work closely with existingpublic funds such as the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund and coalitions suchas Climate Action 100+.

Monitoring progress utilize existing reportingsystems (e.g. the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Strategic Planfor Forests 20172030) as well as the newpost-2020 biodiversity framework, collating data from these systems that relateback to ecosystem restoration. A joint evaluation of the Decades progress will be undertaken in 2025and 2028 by the UNEP and FAOEvaluation Offices.

If you are a young person, learn how to take restoration action now by joining the Youth in Landscapes Initiative. To provide feedback on the draft strategy, please visit the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration website until 30 April 2020.

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