Every year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) celebrates June 5 as the World Environment Day (WED). It is used as a platform to raise awareness about environmental issues such as pollution, overpopulation, global warming, and wildlife crime. Through WED, the UNEP intends to drive change in the consumption patterns of the global population and review international environmental policies. Like last year, this year’s event will also be held virtually. Let us see what’s on the agenda.
Theme of WED 2021
Ecosystem Restoration will be the theme for this year’s WED celebrations. The objective is to stress on the urgency to make peace with nature. The focus will hence be on planting trees, greening cities, rewilding gardens, changing diets, and cleaning up rivers and coasts.
Along with this theme, the UNEP will also launch the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Over the coming years, this initiative will showcase successful government-led and private initiatives to combat ecosystem degradation, and even enhance knowledge exchange on scaling restoration. It will also focus on creating synergies between ecosystem restoration opportunities and initiatives with businesses, and bring a broad spectrum of sectors on board, especially the ones that are not traditionally involved.
How can Ecosystem Restoration be achieved?
Ecosystem Restoration involves actively assisting in the recovery of ecosystems that have degraded or been destroyed. It also symbolises a commitment towards conserving ecosystems that are still intact. This would ultimately lead to healthier ecosystems with richer biodiversity, and offer greater benefits such as more fertile soils, higher yields of timber and fish, and larger stores of greenhouse gases.
The UNEP points out that it’s not always possible or necessary to return an ecosystem to its original state. The fact that we still need land for farming, infrastructure, and housing means that we need to adopt sustainable practises to reduce the adverse effects of the changing climate.
According to the UN, between now and 2030, the restoration of 350 million hectares of degraded terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems could generate US$9 trillion in ecosystem services. This restoration has the potential to rid the atmosphere of up to 26 gigatons of greenhouse gases. Such interventions could provide economic benefits that could exceed nine times the cost of investment, so that there is enough incentive for big corporations to get onboard.
WEP 2021 host country
This year’s WEP is being hosted by Pakistan and the country’s government is all set to herald the start of a ‘10 Billion Tree Tsunami‘, spread over five years. This campaign would include restoring mangroves and forests, as well as planting trees in urban settings. Announcements regarding Pakistan’s environmental policy, national parks, and green jobs are also expected during the program.
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