Today, an overview of ecosystem restoration funding across Europe is launched, providing a much-needed tool for policy makers and practitioners.
The research finds that during the last decade, more than €1.2 billion has been committed to over 400 projects, restoring over 11 million hectares of degraded ecosystems across Europe.
Addressing the lack of available restoration funding data, ‘Funding Ecosystem Restoring in Europe’ contains a high-level analysis of what was funded, where, by whom, how much and for what purpose. This report is accompanied by a database of over 400 ecosystem restoration projects on which the analysis was based.
Together, the report and database will enable more informed decisions on prioritisation of funding and effort and provide a baseline for measuring future decisions and funding allocations. They will also enable practitioners to identify opportunities for funding and collaboration.
This research is essential to inform and set baselines for restoration targets as we enter the upcoming UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030). The Decade is expected to act as a catalyst for setting ambitious restoration targets and commitments. Achieving these will require an increase in the funding available for restoration and in its coordination.
The report is part of the ‘Mapping the Funding Landscape for Restoration in Europe’ project, which gathers information on ecosystem restoration projects from across Europe over the past decade. The project is Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP)-funded and led by the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and Fauna & Flora International (FFI).