Why the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration matters for the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

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Musonda Mumba

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The unprecedented levels of degradation of the Earths ecosystems can be seen from space.  Anthropogenic and natural impacts have altered vital ecosystems and the services they provide for humans and nature. The recognition that self-sustaining and functional ecosystems are vital for our collective human wellbeing formed the premise behind the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Championed by the Government of El Salvador, the decade was passed as a United Nation General Assembly resolution on the 1st of March, ushering into motion probably the most immersive UN Decade.  National Governments have called upon the world to help them explore the best way to work towards restoring our vital life-lines that provide our very sources of food, water, and energy. Based on many years of scientific and field-based evidence, there is a realization that degraded ecosystems create an imbalance in the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus. Through this paper, the aim will be to share the work that UN Environment and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the two UN Agencies mandated to lead the decade, will undertake. It will also explore what the wider world can also do as part of the restoration agenda in their respective communities.

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