Ecological restoration will play a critical role in reversing damage to biodiversity, climate change, and land degradation. Goals in many international strategies and targets will be impossible to achieve without restoration as a tool; additionally, poorly designed and implemented restoration projects have the potential to be socially and ecologically harmful. We work to mainstream ecological restoration into global environmental policy and act as a leading source for technical guidance and capacity building about restoration for international policymakers, implementing agencies, and on-the-ground practitioners.
Some of the highlights from our international policy work include:
- Raising awareness among constituents/stakeholders of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) about the critical link between ecological restoration and biodiversity protection, including advocating for the inclusion of restoration as a key component of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and the adoption of restoration as one of the CBD’s core programs of work.
- Partnering with several high-level UN bodies to jointly issue the Hyderabad Call for a Concerted Effort on Ecosystem Restoration. The Hyderabad Call has provided a framework for consolidating action under a number of related/mutually reinforcing policy initiatives for restoration.
- Partnering with the CBD to provide capacity-building support for policymakers and implementing agencies as they develop national programs to restore degraded lands and to meet international restoration targets and obligations.
- Hosting biennial global forums with the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management focused on assessing and prioritizing action.
- Collaborating with the CBD, the UN Convention on Combating Desertification, and other partners to guide countries/national governments in the development the Short-Term Action Plan for Ecosystem Restoration (STAPER) as a critical next step in achieving Aichi Target 15.
- Partnering with the CBD and the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) to produce The Companion to the Short-Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration, a collection of resources, case studies, and considerations for implementing STAPER.
- Participating in numerous IUCN commissions and initiatives.
- Developing and adopting international standards that can be used as a model for countries working to implement ecological restoration and meet international agreement targets.