Why it works
Restores ecosystem services
Land degradation results in a dramatic reduction of the ecosystem services on which we humans depend. Reintroducing vegetation stimulates the return of important ecosystem services that are fundamental to our food security, water provision and climate regulation.
Restoration measures such as water retention, planting trees and regulating grazing have an immediate effect on soil restoration. Healthy, fertile soils are a necessary condition for cultivating crops and therefore contribute to the food production and livelihoods of local farmers.
Relieves pressure on nature
When we restore the productivity of degraded soils, we help decrease the pressure on nature by making more land available for food production. In the tropics, forests are often transformed in farmland because of the wood supply and the fertile soils.
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Worldwide more than 2 billion hectares of land are degraded
150 million hectares of forest are to be restored in 2020
The 21st century will demand more than conservation, it will require us to invest in ecological restoration. - Keith Bowers, IUCN CEM