A world of possibilities: six restoration strategies to support the United Nation's Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Aronson J, Goodwin N, Orlando L, Eisenberg C, Cross AT. 2020. A world of possibilities: six restoration strategies to support the United Nation's Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Restoration Ecology https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.13170
Ecological restoration is practiced worldwide as a direct response to the degradation and destruction of ecosystems. In addition to its ecological impact it has enormous potential to improve population health, socio‐economic wellbeing, and the integrity of diverse national and ethnic cultures. In recognition of the critical role of restoration in ecosystem health, the United Nations declared 2021–2030 as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. We propose six practical strategies to strengthen the effectiveness and amplify the work of ecological restoration to meet the aspirations of the Decade: (1) incorporate holistic actions, including working at effective scale; (2) include Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK); (3) collaborate with allied movements and organizations; (4) advance and apply soil microbiome science and technology; (5) study and show the relationships between ecosystem health and human health; and (6) provide training and capacity‐building opportunities for communities and practitioners. We offer these in the hope of identifying possible leverage points and pathways for collaborative action among interdisciplinary groups already committed to act and support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Collectively, these six strategies work synergistically to improve human health and also the health of the ecosystems on which we all depend, and can be the basis for a global restorative culture.