Ecosystem restoration

Ecosystem restoration for people and nature

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Nature Map 
Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas (MERCES)
Algal Forest Restoration in Mediterranean Sea (AFRIMED)  
Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) - Mediterranean landscapes 

  • ELP - Restoring marine ecosystem connectivity in southwestern Turkey 
  • ELP - Mapping Ecosystem Restoration Funding 
  • ELP – Climate change mitigation potential 

UN-REDD Programme support to Côte d’Ivoire
Restoration resilience  

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The Challenge

Nature in crisis

Habitats all over the world are being degraded, damaged and destroyed. Between 2001 and 2018 alone, about 3.6 million km² of tree cover was lost, a total area larger than Peru. In the last 40 years, 35% of seagrass and mangrove area has been lost and more than 90% of our coral reefs are threatened as a result of ocean warming and acidification.

This affects us all. A healthy environment regulates the climate, provides food, cleans the air and water, protects us from natural disasters and is central to the culture, wellbeing and livelihood of billions of people. We cannot afford to lose these habitats.

Our solution & impact

Bringing about change

At UNEP-WCMC we are optimistic that change is possible, but recognise it requires everyone to work together in order to achieve the future we want and need. To support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, we are providing strategic leadership, technical expertise and project support to inspire, empower and enable those striving to make a difference - society, business, scientists and governments.


We support the effective and sustainable restoration of nature by:

 1.Supporting and tracking progress towards global goals and targets

Governments, businesses and society have set ambitious targets to restore our degraded ecosystems. We are working with partners worldwide to understand current progress and the remaining gaps and opportunities are in order to focus efforts and track progress towards global goals and targets.

2. Prioritising efforts

We help those seeking to restore degraded ecosystems to understand where to concentrate their efforts and the possible ecological, social and economic benefits. We also highlight patterns of funding to target resources and catalyse action in those areas most in need.

3. Improving access to global biodiversity data and knowledge

Accurate, up-to-date and easily accessible data and information is essential for restoration action. At UNEP-WCMC we working with partners to identify restoration efforts from different ecosystems around the world to understand trends and gaps in data and knowledge, while also projecting forward to identify priorities and potential impacts of climate change.

4.Supporting implementation

We support the replication, implementation and upscaling of successful restoration efforts and national and other scales. We do this by drawing on our 40 years’ of experience in global biodiversity science and policy and facilitating the sharing of the lessons learned from current and previous restoration efforts.

5.Delivering multiple benefits

Restoring degraded habitats can help deliver multiple environmental benefits, as well as providing wider socio-economic benefits, by driving innovation, economic growth and enhancing human wellbeing. To make these benefits a reality, we work with decision-makers to improve national, regional and global resource allocation and use to support effective restoration projects.

6.Fostering collaborations for change

We collaborate with partners around the world to build capacity and create innovative solutions to environmental challenges through ecosystem restoration. By drawing on our decades’ of experience, we can ensure that science, knowledge and insight to shape global and national policy for people and nature

Expertise & Team

2021 marks the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration - ten years of global action to restore degraded land and water ecosystems. At UNEP-WCMC, we are helping design, implement and monitor ecosystem restoration and nature-based solutions for the benefit of people and nature.

Lera miles

Lera Miles

Terrestrial ecosystems

Hazel thornton

Hazel Thornton

Marine ecosystems

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Jonty Knox

Private Sector Engagement

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Alex Ross

Private Sector Engagement

Partners & Donors

At UNEP-WCMC we are providing strategic leadership, evidence-based expertise and project support to inspire, empower and enable governments, businesses, scientists and society. Some of our partners and collaborators include: