Funding Ecosystem Restoration in Europe

Hazel Thornton; Harriet Harthan; Holly Brooks; Rosie Crawley ; Charlie Fisher ; Amy Duthie; Sara Pruckner, Chris McOwen; Hannah Becker ; Joanna Elliott ; Paul Hotham ; Ruth Fletcher ; David Thomas ; Nancy Ockendon

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Restoring ecosystems can increase biodiversity, safeguard the ecosystem services on which people and nature depend, and contribute to climate change mitigation. 2020 and beyond brings opportunities for significant scaling up of ecosystem restoration. Ambitions such as theEuropean Green Deal (2019), the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 (2020), the EU Nature Restoration Plan (2019), and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021–2030), present a tremendous opportunity to bring about transformational change. In order to be successful, decision making must consider current and past ecosystem restoration activities, the amount and focus of past and current funding, and the range of actors involved. Until now, this information has been  unavailable. In response to this information gap, UNEP-WCMC and FFI compiled a database of over 400 ecosystem restoration projects within Europe. This report accompanies the database, and contains analysis of what was funded, where, by whom, how much, and for what purpose. You can access the database here:

STAPER categories:
  • A4: Assess the costs/benefits of ecosystem restoration
  • A5: Assess institutional, policy, and legal frameworks & identify financial/technical resources
  • B9: Develop plans for resource mobilization

Resource Type:
Technical Document