Restored Land, healthy people, green recovery

https://www.unccd.int/news-events/restored-land-healthy-people-green-recovery

Restored Land, healthy people, green recovery

12/05/2021 UNCCD News

Protecting and restoring nature can help drive a green recovery and prevent future pandemics. Investing in nature-based solutions, specifically land restoration, will allow us to build forward better, greener, healthier, stronger, and more sustainably.

COVID-19 has revealed how vulnerable our societies and economies are to global, systemic risk. Its root causes – land degradation, biodiversity loss, and climate change – are interlinked. Furthermore, they are planetary crises in themselves.

The pandemic, rooted as it is in exploitation of the environment, has been a devastating but timely wake-up call. It has shown that if we continue to abuse nature, waves of crises will cascade across our economies and societies.

On the other hand, it has also shown that we can respond decisively when political will, collective action and sustained investment are aligned.

Today, more than ever, societies are ready for change; there is broad consensus that it is not only desirable but possible to build forward better, towards sustainable development anchored in multilateralism and global solidarity.

Land restoration is an essential component of any building-forward strategy. In preparation for the UN PGA High-level event on desertification, land degradation and drought, the UNCCD secretariat prepared a brief that presents land-centered solutions for green recovery post COVID-19.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.