UNU, through an effort led by the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, has joined the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. On 25 November 2021 UNU was welcomed as a collaborating agency and as a new member of the Best Practices Task Force.
The partnership is a broad-based global movement to protect and revive ecosystems all around the world for the benefit of people and nature. It is led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), spanning the period 2021–2030.
The decade complements the SDGs and equips communities with the tools to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems by creating a platform through which sustainable practices and research can be shared worldwide.
As a collaborating agency, UNU will play an active role in research and capacity building for ecosystem restoration in a wide range of areas including sustainability in production landscapes and seascapes, water management, and the integration of conservation and biocultural values into urban planning in large metropolitan areas.
Led by FAO, the Best Practices Task Force focuses on shaping the knowledge component of the decade, including capacity development efforts and capitalisations as well as sharing and disseminating good practices for restoration.
To support implementation of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the Best Practices Task Force has created ten principles for ecosystem restoration. These principles not only guide actors in restoration, but also define an effective restoration effort.