Support for the design and implementation of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

The decisive goal of this UN Decade is to halt the degradation of ecosystems worldwide and reverse the trend. Successful initiatives such as the Bonn Challenge to promote the restoration of forest landscapes are to be given new momentum by the decade in order to achieve the ambitious goals by 2030. The project supports key actors in implementing the UN Decade. Together with cooperation partners of the decade experiences are to be processed, made available to key actors and disseminated by means of dialogue forums. With the principle of learning from each other and implementing together, the project supports the implementation of suitable policy and planning instruments as well as new and creative business models. Local and regional capacities for reforestation and sustainable use of forests as well as restoration approaches are to be strengthened as well.

Project data

IKI funding
3,000,000.00 €
02/2021 till 09/2024
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern

State of implementation/results

  • Implementation of the RESTORATION ACADEMY, a series of workshops for local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations , associations and government institutions working in the field of ecosystemrestorationRestoring ecosystems. The aim is to promote them and their work and to involve them more closely in the UN Decade.
    • The first Restoration Academy took place in Central America in 2022, the second was aimed at implementers from East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Rwanda). Another Restoration Academy took place in Lagos, Nigeria, in June 2023 and was aimed at employees of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR 100).
    • During the workshops, participants receive an introduction to the goals and strategies of the UN Decade, share their own experiences and discuss topics such as monitoring and financing ecosystem restoration. New project ideas and applications can be developed together. At the end of the workshop series, participants have the opportunity to join the active alumni network.
    • Accompanying the Restoration Academy, two studies were conducted that present various sources of funding and monitoring tools for ecosystem restoration in the form of brief descriptions. These studies are intended in particular for local implementation organizations and can be viewed in the 'Project publications' section at the bottom of the project page.
  • Support for the Colombian non-governmental organization (NGO) GANSO as part of the FOOTBALL FOR FOREST INITIATIVE. GANSO advises landowners on sustainable land use and forest restoration, tests restoration approaches on 35 hectares and sets up a monitoring system. In the long term, an app will enable soccer fans to donate a small amount for each goal scored by their favorite team to finance the restoration of forest areas ( In Colombia, GANSO is cooperating with the NGO "Tiempo de Juego" to use football enthusiasm for the local restoration of ecosystems. While the boys and girls take part in soccer training, they also learn to respect each other and to understand and protect the environment. They and other local residents can also support the planting of new trees and the monitoring of restoration efforts while gaining new knowledge.
  • Joining the official network of Supporting Partners of the UN Decade and membership and active participation in the official UN Decade Task Forces on monitoring and best practices.
  • Organization and implementation of various events for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030). These include a satellite event at the twelfth Petersberg Climate Dialogue, as well as conference sessions at the Global Landscape Forum. Sessions covered a wide range of topics, including youth-oriented outreach (, restoration of biological corridors in Central America (…) and ecosystem restoration by women smallholder farmers in East Africa (…). Some of these sessions were organized by Restoration Academy alumni.

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