At its twelfth meeting, in October 2014, in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted Decision XII/19
on ecosystem conservation and restoration. In this decision Parties reaffirmed the need for enhanced support and cooperation to promote ecosystem restoration efforts of developing countries, noting that not enough progress has been made to reduce habitat loss and to promote ecosystem restoration.
Recalling Decision XI/16
on ecosystem restoration and the Hyderabad Call for a Concerted Effort on Ecosystem Restoration, Parties and other Governments, intergovernmental organizations and other relevant organizations were invited to plan, coordinate and implement a set of concerted actions, among other, to develop a coherent framework for ecosystem conservation and restoration.
To this effect, Parties welcomed the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) developed by the Korea Forest Service
of the Republic of Korea, in cooperation with the Executive Secretary of the CBD. The Initiative as described in UNEP/CBD/COP/12/INF/19
aims to support ecosystem restoration activities the convention in line with Decision XI/16
and other relevant initiatives, to contribute to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5