Hyderabad Call for a Concerted Effort on Ecosystem Restoration

18/10/2012

The Governments of India, the Republic of Korea and South Africa, the Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), organised the Ecosystem Restoration Day yesterday at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, on the margins of CBD COP11 held in Hyderabad, India.

After a whole day of keynote speeches, discussions and examples of action on the ground, the panellists endorsed the Hyderabad Call for a Concerted Effort on Ecosystem Restoration. The Hyderabad Call acknowledges that ecosystems and biodiversity underpin economic growth, sustainable development and human well-being; recognises the fast degradation of earth’s ecosystems due to unsustainable development; and acknowledges the emerging consensus on the importance of restoration and rehabilitation as conservation alone is no longer sufficient.

CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias welcomes the Hyderabad Call. Panel L-R: Rebecca Grynspan, Associate Administrator, UNDP; Naoko Ishii, CEO, Global Environment Facility; UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja; Secretary General Ramsar Convention Anada Tiega; Ibrahim Thiaw, Director, DEPI, UNEP; Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN; Peter Kenmore, FAO; Yong Kwon Lee, Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea; Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister of Water and Environment, South Africa; and James Aronson, SER. (Photo credit: IISD coverage)


The Hyderabad Call also notes that effective implementation of restoration helps to achieve the CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets, adaptation and mitigation under the UNFCCC, striving towards zero-net land degradation under the UNCCD, wise use of wetlands under the Ramsar Convention, and achieving the Global Objectives on Forests of the UNFF and the Bonn Challenge. It also recognizes that major enabling factors in achieving ecosystem restoration commitments include: political will, leadership and commitment; knowledge dissemination and capacity building; governance, participation and partnerships; and financing, resource mobilization and other incentive mechanisms.

Finally, the document calls upon parties to the Rio Conventions and other MEAs, donor agencies, including the World Bank and regional development banks, private and corporate donors, other relevant international bodies and organizations, indigenous peoples and local community organizations and civil society to make concerted and coordinated long-term efforts to mobilize resources and facilitate the implementation of ecosystem restoration activities. (Source & photos - IISD coverage)

» Read the full Hyderabad Call for a Concerted Effort on Ecosystem Restoration here [PDF]

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