Welcome to the Restoration Academy!

Participants of the Restoration Academy’s first workshop series at the kick-off workshop in San Salvador.

Organizations involved in restoring ecosystems join forces to create the #GenerationRestoration movement.

Around the globe, many organizations are already restoring ecosystems – from mountain ridges to coral reefs. How can these organizations join forces to create the #GenerationRestoration movement? How can their experiences inspire the implementation of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and how will they benefit from being part of the #GenerationRestoration movement? 

The Restoration Academy opened its gates to answer these questions and support local and national organizations to become part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

In the eight sessions of the Restoration Academy workshop series, participants come together to share their knowledge and form regional networks. After developing a common vision for the UN Decade, they learn about available tools and funds for ecosystem restoration and necessary steps to successfully acquire funding to turn their visions into reality.

First workshop series in the SICA region

The first Restoration Academy workshop series targeted the Central American and Caribbean countries in the SICA region. It started in mid-June 2022 in San Salvador, with a three-day kick-off workshop that will be followed by seven virtual workshop sessions in the coming months. 

In attendance at this kick-off workshop in San Salvador were also representatives of national governments, regional commissions, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Whereas the first day focused on general information on the UN Decade, its strategies, networks and communication approaches, the second day centred on the creation and dissemination of best practices. On the final day, the participants visited a mangrove area on the pacific coast of El Salvador, where a cash-for-work program financed by the Green Development Fund for the SICA Region (FDV) supports local communities to restore the mangrove ecosystem on which they depend for their nutrition and income. 


Day three of the kick-off workshop: Participants visited the Jaltepeque Ramsar Site on the Pacific coast of El Salvador to learn about different mangrove restoration techniques.

“The Restoration Academy is a great opportunity to create synergies in the region, exchange lessons learned and strengthen existing initiatives to jointly contribute to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration,” says Ileana Lopez, Regional Sub-programme Coordinator at the UN Environment Programme Latin America and the Caribbean Office.

“In the alliance that we are building in Central America and the Caribbean we can complement each other through knowledge management and the exchange of lessons learned. When we plan, evaluate, and monitor together we can save time and energy while maximizing our outcomes.” Ruffa Gómez, Grupo Ambiental Hábitat, Dominican Republic.

Participants presenting their vision for the UN Decade at the kick-off session of the Restoration Academy workshop series in San Salvador.

The Academy plans to also open to participants from four African countries. 


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Organization of the Restoration Academy

The Restoration Academy is a joint initiative of the IKI projects “Forest Landscape Restoration in Central America and the Caribbean and implementation of the Green Development Fund for Central America (REDD Landscape)” and “Support for the Design and Implementation of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (DEER)”.


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