UN Decade for Restoration


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The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity. NAAEE is proud to be a Supporting Partner of the UN Decade.  

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Our Role as a Supporting Partner

Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), UNESCO, and NAAEE are leading the Restoration Decade’s Education Challenge 6.1, which aims to embed ecosystem restoration education into formal and non-formal education systems worldwide by 2030. This challenge requires the collective effort of governments, educators, students, and communities worldwide to achieve this goal. NAAEE will work with our partners and networks to support educators working to restore habitats and protect biodiversity and highlight effective practices and perspectives from around the world. 

More on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN Decade is building a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future. That will include building political momentum for restoration as well as thousands of initiatives on the ground.

Read the UN Decade On Ecosystem Restoration Action Plan

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’s Action Plan identifies 12 priority areas and proposes 30 Restoration Challenges for achieving the UN Decade's goals. Learn more about Education Challenge 6.1 and all the other challenges. READ THE ACTION PLAN 

Watch the Recording of the Education Challenge Launch Webinar

Get Involved! Take Our Survey

Take our survey to help us map the landscape of restoration education. Join us in helping promote restoration education globally! Access the survey > 

Stay in the know with the UN Decade Action Compass, a comprehensive calendar that outlines opportunities for advocacy, international conferences, and significant milestones throughout the year. Access the Calendar >

Find out how you can take part in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration! Join the movement > 

Check Out Restoration Stories from NAAEE’s Network

Case Studies

EE 30 Under 30 

  • EE 30 Under 30 celebrates the unique and passionate leadership of talented young leaders around the world and gives them a professional boost to increase their impact. Many of these talented young leaders work to restore and conserve critical environments, from mangroves to salmon runs. Meet the EE 30 Under 30 Alumni > 


Learn about the restoration work of Sara Alamo, a 2019 NAAEE 30 Under 30 Award Recipient whose passion for environmental education connects her profession as a biologist with community-strengthening outreach.