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Subregional exchange for the Caribbean on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems

9 March 2020 – Representatives from 12 Caribbean countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago) will gather 9-13 March in Castries, Saint Lucia for a worksho ...

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Tokyo Cement’s Silent Mission Restores Mangrove Forests in Trincomalee

We have in front of us a great opportunity to create awareness on the importance of Mangroves for people and our planet. Having commemorated the World Wetlands Day on the 2nd of February, this is an opportune moment to raise awareness about the vital role of Mangroves; an important type of wetl ...

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The divers rescuing a drowning island

Vaan Island in India’s Gulf of Mannar has been rapidly disappearing into the Laccadive Sea. But a team of marine biologists is working to save it.

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Fallen trees sought to help restore salmon streams

A Vancouver Island non-profit society is looking for more than 1,000 pieces of wood and fallen trees in its project to restore salmon habitat in rivers around the island. Megan Francis, operations manager with Central Westcoast Forest Society, says natural timber that falls into rivers is an ex ...

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The story of a restored forest that restored lives

Jamini Mohan Mahanty is out for a morning walk every day. At 91, he is hale and hearty. A resident of Jharbagda village in Purulia district, West Bengal, Mahanty thanks the “green mountain” in his village for having added some extra years to his life.

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Subregional Exchange for the Caribbean on the Restoration of Forests and Other Ecosystems, Castries, Saint Lucia - 9 to 13 March 2020

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/LJ/88547 (2020-005)
To: CBD National Focal Points from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago

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Urgent Science in 2020

Declaring a global planetary emergency, improving sub-volcanic imaging to predict eruptions and developing artificial intelligence that works for humans are some of the urgent actions and research that experts in different fields want to see in 2020.

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Limiting the loss of nature

With only about half of Earth's terrestrial surface remaining as natural vegetation, a University of Queensland-led team has proposed an international goal to halt its continued loss.

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Philippines’ mangroves could generate first-of-its-kind blue carbon credits in Asia-Pacific

The Philippines could be home to the first blue carbon project in Asia-Pacific that uses a ground-breaking method to calculate the amount of carbon stored in mangroves.

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New urgency in fight to restore Florida Everglades

Rising seas, polluted coastlines and the specter of more frequent droughts and storms have lent new urgency to efforts to restore the ecosystem of the Florida Everglades, the largest freshwater wetland in the United States.

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Food, water, economic security improved through blueprint for ecological restoration standards

A blueprint to guide effective ecological restoration that can provide “profound ecosystem services benefits,” including better food and water security, improved health and cleaner air quality while delivering social and environmental equity and economic benefits has just been released.

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Shaping a pan-African forest-landscape restoration exchange

Two weeks after Malagasy Forest Landscape Restoration experts came to Yaoundé, their Cameroonian counterparts visited Madagascar to intensify their South-South exchange on Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Africa.

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Trees for Peace

A desert is advancing on Nigeria and its neighbors. Each year, the Sahel cuts deeper into the land, overtaking farmlands, rupturing biodiversity and breeding insecurity.

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Trees for Peace

A Great Green Wall, planted across the breadth of Africa, could serve as a bulwark against climate change and ecological breakdown.A desert is advancing on Nigeria and its neighbors. Each year, the Sahel cuts deeper into the land, overtaking farmlands, rupturing biodiversity and breeding insecurity.

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Why restoring nature is so important to limiting climate change

A group of 27 countries met in Paris this month to raise $9.8 billion for the Green Climate Fund, a United Nations program that routes money from wealthier countries to poorer ones to combat climate change.

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From Indigenous apps to arts festivals, the many ways Africa is restoring itself

Ecosystem restoration, as defined by U.N. Environment, is “a process of reversing the degradation of ecosystems, such as landscapes, lakes and oceans to regain their ecological functionality.”

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Across China: Dried-up lake in NW China's Dunhuang recovers

Water has reappeared in a lake that had been dried up for about 300 years in the city of Dunhuang, northwest China's Gansu Province, thanks to a local water conservancy project in recent years.

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Shades of REDD+: Bridging the National vs Project Divide

We must tackle tropical deforestation if we’re to meet international climate and biodiversity goals, and to do so we must confront humankind’s hunger for the food, fuel and fiber that drives deforestation.

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The next frontier of ecosystem restoration: the deep sea

The deep seas are truly Earth’s last frontier, faraway worlds of alien beauty of which only an infinitesimal fraction have been explored—and it’s time to start thinking about how to restore them.

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Scientists reveal mystery of species coexistence in subtropical forests

Chinese scientists have discovered the mechanism regulating the coexistence of species in subtropical forests, providing a reference for ecosystem restoration in these areas.

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Consultation key to overcoming the enormous challenges of restoring degraded land

The world faces huge and unprecedented biodiversity and climate change challenges. One way we can help address these challenges is through the restoration of degraded land.

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Western Ghats forest cover improved after active ecological restoration, says study

A first-of-its-kind study, assessing the effectiveness of forest restoration in the Western Ghats, shows significant recovery of tree cover and plant biodiversity.

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Farming plays key role in UN climate push on land restoration

With the United Nations Climate Summit underway this week, it has been the focal point of mass protests and media coverage, but another global climate initiative is revving up that focuses on large-scale land restoration as a way to counter the advent and impact of climate change.

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Restoring fortune to the fields of Georgia

Sometimes referred to as ‘the bread basket of Georgia’, Dedoplistskaro’s fertile soils have provided a living for generations of farmers.

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Thematic Workshop on Ecosystem Restoration for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, 6 to 8 November 2019 and Supporting pre-workshops – 4 to 5 November 2019, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/AS/SG/LJ/88237 (2019-073)
To: CBD National Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; relevant organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities

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Warning: a sixth mass species extinction is on the cards

When an entrepreneur designs, makes and markets handbags made of donkey skin, and they become hugely popular, that’s good for business and employment, right? But if the donkey leather is sourced from developing countries with weak environmental laws, what is the socio-economic and environmental ...

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Biodiversity loss in the oceans can be reversed through habitat restoration

Activities such as laying gas pipelines, trawling for fish, drilling for oil, and even burying internet cables in the deep sea, are destroying marine ecosystems. But studies have shown that reintroducing seaweed and corals to these habitats could ward off the worst effects – and recover marine life.

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Biodiversity loss in the oceans can be reversed through habitat restoration

Activities such as laying gas pipelines, trawling for fish, drilling for oil, and even burying internet cables in the deep sea, are destroying marine ecosystems. But studies have shown that reintroducing seaweed and corals to these habitats could ward off the worst effects – and recover marine life.

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Forest Restoration in Riau Going Strong

Forests play a bigger part in our lives than we realize. The water we drink, the paper we use, the medicine we take, the houses we build are all derived from a rich ecosystem, along with countless other aspects of our daily lives, and yet we seldom connect all these things with our forests.

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Sub-regional exchange for the Pacific on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems, Nadi, Fiji – 28 to 31 May 2019

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/SBG/LJ/88018 (2019-034)
To: CBD National Focal Points of Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

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Meeting of the IPBES Task Force on Knowledge and Data

20 - 22 March 2019, Bonn, Germany

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UN accelerating commitments to restoration of ecosystem in Africa: official

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is accelerating commitments to restoring ecosystem in Africa, said an official on Tuesday."We are accelerating commitments for ecosystem restoration to improve resilience in the region," David Cooper, deputy executive secretary of CBD told reporter ...

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New UN decade to combat the ‘era’ of climate change, with optimism

On 1 March, the United Nations declared 2021 to 2030 the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a landmark decision to accelerate efforts to bring degraded landscapes back to health worldwide. The declaration was made following a statement to the General Assembly from El Salvador’s Minister of Environ ...

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For a Warming World, A New Strategy for Protecting Watersheds

Long before an aspen tree fell on a power line in New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains in June 2011, triggering the biggest wildfire in the state’s history, fire managers knew that New Mexico’s forests were vulnerable. Climate change-induced drought and higher temperatures had dried out the trees and soil.

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Lessons from China on large-scale landscape restoration

In the 1980s, the hilly Qianyanzhou region in Jiangxi Province, southern China, faced severe soil erosion due to deforestation and unsustainable farming practices. Fertile red soil was being washed away causing crop yields to tumble.

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Luxury eco-retreat in Seychelles partners with 2 Swiss organisations to restore coral

Seychelles Fregate Island Private, a luxury eco-retreat, is partnering with two international organisations based in Switzerland for its first coral restoration project.


African Ministerial Summit on Biodiversity

13 November 2018, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

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El Salvador’s president urges U.N. support for proposed decade of ecosystem restoration

A proposal to devote a decade to promoting the restoration and rehabilitation of degraded landscapes worldwide edged a step closer to fruition at the U.N. General Assembly in New York last week.

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It’s fun and easy to be green

Avongro deputy chair Dr Liz Kington describes Activate the Wheatbelt as a program born from the organisation’s focus on revegetating and regenerating. Her role is to work with a community of volunteers on annual Activate tree-planting events, re-vegetating cleared landscapes and reviving biodive ...

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Momentum for U.N. decade of ecological restoration grows ahead of Nairobi GLF

BONN, Germany (Landscape News) – A proposal by Brazil to pool global resources and 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 an upcoming Global Landscapes F ...


African Biodiversity Summit and preparatory process

Reference: SCBD/SPS/AS/SBG/SK/LJ/87468 (2018-055)
To: CBD and SBSTTA National Focal Points of the African region

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Dans le cadre du programme de préservation de la biodiversité et des écosystèmes fragiles en Afrique centrale (ECOFAC 6), l’Union européenne (UE) et l’Agence nationale des parcs nationaux (ANPN) ont signé ce 18 avril un contrat de subvention supplémentaire à hauteur de 2.8 millions d’euros au p ...

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New research investigates spread of payments for ecosystem services around the globe

Aquaculture, or fish farming, is one of the world's fastest growing food sectors, providing about half of all the fish we eat. As it stands, climate change is altering our ocean's environment, causing the seawater to become warmer and impacting the marine ecosystems profoundly. How will these ch ...

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How to restore Europe's ecosystems in a cost effective way?

Ecosystems deliver essential goods such as food, energy, raw materials, air and water. They also regulate our climate and provide habitats for pollinators that fertilise our crops. These services are vital to our economy. Ecosystem degradation (due to pollution, habitat loss, climate change and ...

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Threatened blue carbon ecosystems store carbon 40 times faster than forests

They can stink like fish and rotten eggs, breed swarms of mosquitos and lack the glamour of coral reefs. But mangroves, with other coastal habitats, are vitally important to our climate — and they're under threat.

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Vulnerability and extinction risk of migratory species from different regions and ecosystems worldwide

Forty million miles of major roads crisscross the Earth's continents -- enough to circle the planet 1,600 times. For humans, these thoroughfares are a boon, enabling them to move with ease from place to place. But for migrating animals who are also hemmed in by dams, rivers, shipping lanes, urba ...

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Invitation to consultation process for the “Caring for Coasts” Initiative

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/SBG/CSt/NG/86788 (2017-085)
To: CBD National Focal Points

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Capacity-development workshop for Central, Eastern and Southern Africa on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems to support the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, 25 - 29 September 2017 - Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/SBG/CS/VA/86448 (2017-068)
To: CBD National Focal Points from the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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Call for project proposals under the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/SBG/CS/LJ/86256 (2017-019)
To: CBD National Focal Points and relevant agencies working on ecosystem restoration

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Meeting Document


Report of the Capacity-Building Workshop for Selected Subregions of Asia on the Restoration of Forest and Other Ecosystems to Support the Achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

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Capacity-building workshop for the Mediterranean on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems to support the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Agadir, Morocco, 20-24 March 2017

Reference: SCBD/SPS/CG/SBG/CS/LJ/86018 (2016-141)
To: CBD National Focal Points: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, European Union, France, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, State of Palestine, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom (Gibraltar), and Yemen

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Press Release

Mexico launches biodiversity and business alliance

26 OCTOBER 2016 – The Mexican Alliance for Biodiversity and Business, with the aim of promoting the protection, conservation and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems, was launched 17 October 2016 in Mexico City.

Meeting Document


Supplementary Information from the Society for Ecological Restoration on Technical Aspects of Ecological Restoration

Meeting Document


Compilation of Decisions of the Conference of the Parties Relevant to Ecosystem Restoration

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Capacity-building workshop for selected subregions of Asia on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems to support the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Bangkok, Thailand – 27 June to 1 July 2016

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/CS/BT/85528 (2016-040)
To: CBD National Focal Points: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

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Meeting Document


Report of the Capacity-Building Workshop for West Africa on the Restoration of Forest and Other Ecosystems to Support Achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

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Capacity-building workshop for Latin America on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems to support the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Bogotá, Colombia – 4 to 8 April 2016

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/CS/BT/85193 (2016-017)
To: CBD National Focal Points: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

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Capacity-building workshop for West Africa on ecosystem restoration to support achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Accra, Ghana – 5 to 9 October 2015

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/RH/LJ/84825 (2015-077)
To: CBD National Focal Points: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

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Side Event
COP 12

Presentation of a Draft Sourcebook of opportunities for enhancing cooperation and collaboration among the biodiversity-related conventions at the national and regional levels

As part of the UNEP project “Improving the effectiveness of and cooperation among biodiversity-related conventions and exploring opportunities for further synergies”, funded by the European Union and the Swiss Government, a Sourcebook of opportunities for enhancing cooperation among the biodive ...

COP 12

Decision XII/19

Ecosystem conservation and restoration

Meeting Document


Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative

Meeting Document


Review of Global Assessments of Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Their Relevance in Achieving the Land-Based Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Meeting Document


Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration

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Recommendation XVIII/11

Ecosystem conservation and restoration


Workshop on synergies between REDD+ and ecosystem conservation and restoration in National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, Douala, Cameroon, 8 to 11 July 2014

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/CS/LM/83662 (2014-087)
To: CBD National Focal Points: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe

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Report on Issues in Progress: Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration

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