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Call for nominations for a workshop to develop a road map for supporting the implementation and monitoring of and capacity development for ecosystem restoration under the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, 22-24 November 2023 - Rome, Italy

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/JL/SK/JA/LJ/91211 (2023-090)
To: CBD and SBSTTA national focal points, indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant global and regional organizations and initiatives

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NEW DATE: International Forum facilitated by the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative: Workshop on ecosystem restoration-related planning and capacity-building needs for the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/JL/SK/JA/LJ/91100 (2023-074)
To: CBD national focal points and SBSTTA focal points, indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant global and regional organizations and initiatives

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International Forum facilitated by the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI): Workshop on ecosystem restoration-related planning and capacity-building needs for the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, 13 July 2023, virtual (10:00 a.m. EDT)

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/JL/SK/JA/LJ/91100 (2023-064)
To: CBD national focal points and SBSTTA focal points, indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant global and regional organizations and initiatives, cc: Cartagena Protocol focal points, ABS focal points

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Recovering biodiversity in Brazil's pioneering Atlantic Forest through conservation and ecological restoration

When managing degraded tropical landscapes to achieve global biodiversity and ecosystem services targets, it is necessary to not only restore new forests but conserve natural remnants of old forests as well finds a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

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Ecological restoration priorities must be informed by marginalized people

The United Nations has declared the 2020s as the decade of ecosystem restoration, a call for countries around the world to dedicate resources towards healing the earth. While the goal of ecosystem restoration is to reverse the degradation of the world's landscapes and waterways, the movement run ...

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In restoring polluted rivers, Indonesia looks at restocking endemic fish

Indonesia — A muddy flood polluting a river on the Indonesian island of Java earlier this year depleted its fish stock, raising calls for restoration and restocking efforts in the body of water that empties out into the Indian Ocean.

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Nature restoration no substitute for cutting fossil fuels

Restoring degraded environments, such as by planting trees, is often touted as a solution to the climate crisis. But our new research shows this, while important, is no substitute for preventing fossil fuel emissions to limit global warming.

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Weir today, gone tomorrow: work starts to free Cumbrian river

Nearly 150 years after it was built for a paper mill, work has begun to demolish a 3-metre-high weir in Cumbria as part of nationwide efforts to improve biodiversity by allowing fish and invertebrates to move more freely along the UK’s rivers.

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Ecosystem Restoration Massive Open Online Course, 19 September - 20 November 2022

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/JL/SK/JA/LJ/90358 (2022-038)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA National Focal Points

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Can wonder plant spekboom really bring smiles back to sad South African towns?

Botanists are working on an ambitious project to restore 1 million hectares (2.5 million acres) of degraded land in South Africa that were previously covered by thickets of the indigenous succulent spekboom (Portulacaria afra).

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Sustainable soil movement grows at COP15 on land desertification and drought

Soil health is crucial for tackling climate change, environmental challenges, building resilience, improving food security and meeting U.N. Sustainable Development Goals on water, human and economic health, yet each year becomes further degraded.

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Restoring abandoned farms could help mitigate climate change: study

Researchers are calling upon policymakers to invest in the ecological restoration of abandoned farmlands — arguing that doing so could help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

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The creative way to pay for wildlife recovery

Back in the 1980s, the Dutch were having problems with their famous “dikes and dams” approach to delta management. The landscape was boring; waterways were lifeless; people faced ever-more-regular and costly summer floods.

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Land Restoration a Must to Mitigate Global Desertification and Drought

Two reports out this spring from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) carry stark warnings not just for the future of business on Earth, but for life itself. According to Global Land Outlook 2, released in April, $44 trillion (half the global GDP) is at risk from the e ...

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Joint statement: RePowerEurope – Biodiversity restoration must be integral to Europe’s energy transition

The deployment of renewable energy and the restoration of nature must be done in unison for a climate neutral and nature-positive Europe.

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Restoring damaged land key to climate, biodiversity goals

Unsustainable farming is on track to increase the amount of severely degraded land by an area the size of South America by mid-century, a UN report warned Wednesday, as experts said restoration was a matter of "survival".

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Turning the tide on land degradation

Human activity has led to widespread land degradation and put our very survival as a species at risk. But by reversing course, we can tackle climate change and biodiversity loss — and make a better life for billions.

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The future of American conservation lies in restoration, not just protection

This month, the Biden administration launched the America the Beautiful Challenge, a $1-billion program that gathers funds from various sources to support conservation and restoration projects.

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‘Nature has priority’: Rewilding map showcases nature-led restoration

In the past decade, the European bison (Bison bonasus) has made a comeback in Central and Eastern Europe. Hunters had killed the last known bison in the region nearly a century ago. But thanks to reintroduction programs in Belarus, Poland, Russia and Romania, nearly four times as many bison are ...

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Rewilding Argentina: lessons for the 2030 biodiversity targets

When Mariuá, a 1.5-year-old female jaguar, set foot in our breeding centre in Argentina in December 2018, we did not know that she would make history.

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Bringing back large mammals boosts restoration of entire ecosystems: Study

A new study that looks at global opportunities for the restoration, reintroduction and rewilding of large mammals across the world’s terrestrial ecoregions found that just 15% of the world’s land area supports intact large mammal assemblages.

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Emirati official joins advisory board of UN's ecosystem restoration project

A leading Emirati environmentalist has joined the advisory board of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration project. Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, secretary general of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, said she was honoured to be selected.

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Digging into the finer details of retired cranberry bog restorations

Cranberry farming was once a prominent industry in southeastern Massachusetts, but now that the cranberry industry is shifting to other areas of the United States and Canada, many New England cranberry bogs are retiring, and efforts are underway to restore some of them as wetlands—a nature-based ...

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Plantwatch: project under way to restore Britain’s rainforests

There are rainforests in Britain. These are woodlands drenched in rain, humid and mild, with gnarled old trees covered in shaggy green blankets of mosses, lichens and ferns.

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Wildland: inside the Scottish valley where nature has been set free

Glen Feshie is one of the magnificent valleys on the north-west side of the Cairngorm massif where the forest has been released from the tyranny of grouse and deer. During the deer-stalking centuries of the 1800s and 1900s, there were 50 deer per square kilometre.

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Are Coral Reef Restoration Projects Working?

With at least half of the world's corals diminished in the last three decades, efforts are underway to restore these crucial ecosystems. Steps are currently underway to rescue coral reefs, but many suggest that these programs do not go far enough to mitigate the damage caused to coral reefs.

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Why is it Important to Restore Seagrass Beds?

There are many reasons why restoring seagrass beds is important, but essentially, saving seagrass means saving the seas. Seagrasses are valuable habitats and an important climate buffer that could help mitigate some of the effects of climate change.

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Cultural, ecological and economic benefits of tribal bison restoration

A study published today in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution found that widespread restoration of bison to Tribal lands throughout the Northern Great Plains can help restore the prairie ecosystem while improving the long-running issue of food insecurity and food sovereignty for Native Nations, ...

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One-Man Reforestation Project To Restore Pre-Settlement Woodland

For thousands of years before Iceland was settled, the majority of the country’s lowland areas and parts of the highlands were covered in birch forests. While patches of the original woodlands still exist and have grown larger following protection against grazing sheep along with warmer climate, ...

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Tree-planting goals miss the forest for the lack of diverse, good-quality seeds

Ambitious plans by India, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines to restore tens of millions of hectares of degraded land by 2030 could be derailed by a lack of good-quality and genetically diverse native seeds, according to a new study.

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A 10-point plan for the restoration revolution

Why the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration has to be more than a catchphrase. It must be the catalyst for transformational change of our economy, of our food and energy systems, and of ourselves.

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Ecosystem restoration

Pakistan’s green initiatives like ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’, ‘Ten Billion Tree Tsunami’, ‘Protected Areas Initiative’ and ‘Recharge Pakistan’ have received global recognition. Despite all these ambitious efforts and global recognition, there remains a huge gap in these conservation initiatives, ...

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Restoring the Natural World

Europe has set ambitious policy goals to allow nature to recover and flourish, increasing the benefits to society of a healthy natural world. From protected areas and green and blue infrastructure to restoration, rewilding and using nature-based solutions to climate change, much needs to be done ...

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Conifer thinning to make way for native species, Carabinieri Biodiversity Project begins

Re-naturalization of reforestation using alligator conifers for a guided nature reserve”Monte Vilino“It will be launched in the next few days, thanks to the cooperation of the municipal administration in Massa Dalb and exceptional funding from Ministry of Environmental Transformation to me Carab ...

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Massive Restoration of Coastal Regions Needed to Sustain Vital Ecosystem Services

It is one of the four projects, among 180 candidates, financially backed by the so-called Green Deal call of the EU Horizon 2020 program supporting ecosystem restoration and their services.

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"Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration" announced as theme of World Wildlife Day 2022

According to figures by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, over 8,400 species of wild fauna and flora are critically endangered, while close to 30,000 more are understood to be endangered or vulnerable. Based on these estimates, it is suggested t ...

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[Commentary] Balancing trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and livelihoods

Biodiversity, the variety of life across genes, species and populations, plays an integral role in ensuring food security, ecosystem function, and human well-being. Amid alarming reports of skyrocketing species extinction rates due to biodiversity loss, global agencies are calling for urgent action.

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Climate crisis: English moor transformed into ‘giant sponge’ to absorb CO2

A peatland restoration project near Manchester will help soak up carbon, boost biodiversity and prevent flooding. Its launch comes amid dire warnings about the climate crisis

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Meet the ‘Mangrove restorers’, residents of Dzilam de Bravo who help reforestation

Dzilam de Bravo, Yucatán, (July 26, 2021).- Don Manuel González Salas still remembers that more than 19 years ago there was great mangrove vegetation on the coast of his native Dzilam de Bravo, Yucatán; but these images have faded little by little, with the passage of time.

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