Possibility of Ecosystem Restoration:
Understand the value of ecosystems and why they matter to us.
Ecosystem restoration means preventing, halting, and reversing this damage – that is from exploiting nature to healing it. Ecosystem restoration at a global scale is important if we are to reduce the extent of the ecological crisis that we are currently facing and protect the biodiversity for future generations.
Bringing degraded ecosystems back to life – for example by planting trees, cleaning up riverbanks, or simply giving nature space to recover – increases their benefits to society and biodiversity.
Without reviving ecosystems, we cannot achieve Sustainable Development Goals. But ecosystems are also complex and highly varied, and their restoration needs careful planning and patient implementation.
It is not always possible or desirable to return an ecosystem to its original state. We still need farmland and infrastructure on land that was once forest, for instance, ecosystems, like societies, need to adapt to a changing climate.
All kinds of the ecosystem can be restored, including forests, farmlands, cities, wetlands, and oceans. Governments and development organizations, as well as corporations, communities, and individuals, can undertake restoration programs. That is because the causes of degradation are many and varied, and can have an impact at different scales.
The livelihoods of those who rely on ecosystems, large and small, are protected and improved by restoring them. It also aids in the control of disease and the reduction of the risk of natural disasters. Restoration can actually support us in achieving all of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Hence, Restoration goals represent society decisions among conflicting policy priorities, but identifying them is sometimes contentious and politically challenging.
On this World Environment Day let us join our hands in restoring the ecosystem and keep the Earth healthier.