"The world must rewild and restore an area the size of China to meet
commitments on nature and the climate, says the UN, and the revival of
ecosystems must be met with all the ambition of the space race.
Existing conservation efforts are insufficient to prevent widespread
biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse, the global body has warned at the
launch of the decade on ecosystem restoration, an urgent call for the
large-scale revival of nature in farmlands, forests and other ecosystems.
Governments must deliver on a commitment to restore at least 1bn hectares
(2.47bn acres) of land by 2030 and make a similar pledge for the oceans,
according to the report by the UN Environment Programme (Unep) and the Food and
Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to launch the decade.
Humans are using about 1.6 times the resources that nature can sustainably
renew every year and the UN said short-term economic gains are being
prioritised over the health of the planet. The rallying cry calls on all parts
of society to take action, including governments, businesses and citizens, to
restore and rewild urban areas, grasslands, savannahs and marine areas."
Via Glyn Moody.
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics