Ecosystem Restoration in the conservation agenda and opportunities for rewilding

When: March 22nd 2019
Time: 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), UTC-4

Restoration ecology is gaining momentum in the international conservation scene. The United Nations just declared 2020-2030 the decade for Ecosystem Restoration less than a year after the release of a dedicated IPBES thematic assessment. In its current biodiversity framework, the Convention on Biological Diversity also explicitly considers the restoration of degraded ecosystems, particularly within Aichi Target 15. This recognition of the importance of restoration sets the perfect scene for a bold and yet flexible approach, which has been both criticized and advocated in recent years: the rewilding of complex ecosystems. Such an approach would not only contribute to the restoration of ecosystems, but also to restore the lost connections between society and nature. 

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Dr. Laetitia Navarro | Executive Secretary GEO BON | Group on Earth Observations and Biodiversity Observation Network

Dr. Laetitia Navarro is a French biologist. She got her PhD degree from the University of Lisbon, Portugal and focused her research on rewilding as a restoration approach for degraded ecosystems, particularly in the context of land abandonment in Europe. She also participated in the mid-term assessment of Aichi Target 15 for the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 and was a lead author in the IPBES Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration. She is currently the Executive Secretary of GEO BON where she also investigates the monitoring of biodiversity and its policy relevance.