The discussion about climate change has multiplied over the past year, along with greater acceptance that urgent action is needed. The much-needed transition to sustainable forms of energy is gaining traction, however there are other areas that are not attracting as much attention, such as ecosystem restoration.
The planet’s ecosystems are fundamental to maintaining life on Earth. Yet, these precious resources and habitats are not always treated with respect. Decades of over use, over consumption and neglect have led to the destruction or severe degradation of many vital ecosystems.
Fortunately, it is not too late. Efforts around ecosystem restoration can prevent, halt and even reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. Cutting back on air, ocean and water pollution, improving flood controls and making farming more sustainable could help combat climate change and prevent the mass extinction of species, but time is not on our side.
The UN’s Decade on Ecosystem Restoration initiative aims to ramp up ecosystem restoration globally and put the world on track for a sustainable future. Not only will this involve building political momentum, but it will also lead to a raft of opportunities for businesses, communities and individuals that will require significant investment contributions.
So, how might these opportunities look?