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U.N. decade of ecological restoration would mobilize cost-effective action: El Salvador’s Lina Pohl

At a major Bonn Challenge event in Brazil in March, Lina Pohl, El Salvador’s minister of environment and natural resources, joined Brazil in urging the international community to support a decade of landscape restoration.

Now, international momentum is building in support of the initiative, a document originating from Brazil’s environment ministry seen by Landscape News indicates. The goal of countries supporting a U.N. Decade on Landscape Connectivity and Ecosystem Restoration is to put landscape restoration at the forefront of national agendas, underpinning country level efforts to meet U.N. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15, Life on Land.

A decade focused on restoration would address — in a cost effective way — the severe degradation of ecosystems and agro-ecosystems that countries face, their vulnerability to environmental threats posed by climate change, and the consequences for social and economic development, Pohl told Landscape News.

If the proposed U.N. decade from 2020 to 2030 is implemented, it will likely lead to an increase in much needed funds to develop projects that could restore ecosystems, reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss.

The proposal to dedicate 10 years to promoting the restoration of more than 2 billion hectares of degraded land worldwide – a footprint larger than South America – will be central to discussions at a Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) summit in Nairobi in August.

Land degradation is estimated to cost the global economy from $2 to $4.5 trillion a year, while economic benefits of restoration efforts are an estimated at $84 billion a year.

At least 7 million hectares of tropical forest landscapes are cleared and degraded each year, putting livelihoods, biodiversity, and food security at risk, exacerbating climate change, conflict and human migration.

What would be the benefit of such a decade?

Read following the link to the  GLF source

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