World Environment Day 2024: A United Approach to Land Restoration

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World Environment Day draws global attention to the pressing issues of land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience, underscoring their critical impact on ecosystems and human welfare.

About a quarter of the Earth’s surface is degraded, affecting over a billion people worldwide. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28 and President of the IUCN, addresses these challenges in a special video message. She outlines her championed initiatives that integrate nature into climate solutions, including ambitious targets like achieving zero deforestation by 2030, aligned with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

In the video, Razan emphasizes the importance of empowering local communities and Indigenous Peoples, whose involvement is crucial for successful land restoration and building resilient communities. She advocates for radical collaboration across all sectors of society to transform degraded lands into thriving ecosystems.

Watch Razan's full message here.

Razan’s call to action is clear: unite in efforts to restore degraded lands and ensure a sustainable future for all.