• Underwater wild world with tuna fishes

    Ecosystem and species restoration to benefit people and the planet

    Hazel Thornton, Senior Programme Officer in UNEP-WCMC’s Nature Restored team, explores the benefits of ecosystem restoration and the urgent need to act, as well as key campaigns and political opportunities for progress. From forests to farmlands, mountains to oceans, our ecosystems – both modified and natural – provide multiple environmental, economic and social benefits for…

    Ecosystem and species restoration to benefit people and the planet
  • The value of freshwater ecosystems and the benefits from their restoration

    Wetlands, ranging from peat bogs and rivers to marshes and mangroves, are vital habitats that sustain local livelihoods and help mitigate global climate change. However, we are losing wetlands three times faster than forests. 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, where scientists, conservation leaders and policy experts around the world join with the public to…

    The value of freshwater ecosystems and the benefits from their restoration
  • Fresh Cocoa fruit in farmers hands. Organic cacao fruit. Cocoa – healthy food. Cut of cacao fruit.

    Cocoa agroforestry could help Côte d’Ivoire achieve 20% forest cover target

    A new report has highlighted the potential for targeted cocoa agroforestry implementation to help restore forest cover in the biggest cocoa producing country in the world. The study from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), with the UN-REDD Programme and the CocoaSoils initiative, outlines the scope and priority areas for integrating cocoa agroforestry across Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s…

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    Cocoa agroforestry could help Côte d’Ivoire achieve 20% forest cover target
  • Safeguarding the soil that sustains us: protecting peatlands

    Healthy soils are crucial for the planet’s future and our survival on it. They supply essential ecosystem services such as food provision and water storage and purification and almost 50% of terrestrial biodiversity lives or spends part of its life in them. World Soil Day, which takes place on 5 December, aims to raise awareness…

    Safeguarding the soil that sustains us: protecting peatlands
  • Aerial view over peat-bog landscape with the complex lake and  pool ridge patterns. in W-Estonia, Europe. Peatlands are important carbon deposits

    Research reveals a quarter of Europe’s peatlands are degraded, ahead of key climate and biodiversity summits

    New research finds that 25% of Europe’s peatlands are degraded, increasing to 50% -120,000km2- when looking at the European Union alone. In more than half of Europe’s natural peatland (mire) regions, the Convention on Biological Diversity 2020 target for at least 17% of areas to be protected has not yet been met for peatlands.

    Research reveals a quarter of Europe’s peatlands are degraded, ahead of key climate and biodiversity summits