Nature is staging a comeback: UN recognizes seven World Restoration Flagships

The Restoring Mediterranean Forests initiative involving Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Türkiye is among the global best practices for reversing ecosystems degradation.

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The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have named seven initiatives across Africa, Latin America, the Mediterranean, and South Asia as UN World Restoration Flagships, aiming to restore ecosystems facing severe degradation. These initiatives, eligible for UN support, align with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and are expected to restore nearly 40 million hectares and create around 500,000 jobs.

The Mediterranean basin faces a biodiversity crisis, with 16% of its forest species threatened by extinction due to climate change-induced factors like longer droughts and extreme heat waves. The Restoring Mediterranean Forests Initiative is supported by FAO’s Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions – Silva Mediterranea, the governments of Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Türkiye, and The Association for Forests, Development and Conservation Lebanon (AFDC). It aims to protect and rehabilitate these ecosystems. Since 2017, it has restored around 2 million hectares of forests, with plans to restore over 8 million hectares by 2030.

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SOURCEUN Environment Programme
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EFIMED is the Mediterranean Facility of the European Forest Institute. Based in Barcelona, Spain, it was launched in 2007.