Did you know that 2021 – 2030 has been declared by the UN as the Decade of the Restoration of Ecosystems?
Assuming that the proper functioning of ecosystems is the basis of all life on Earth, the Decade aims to prevent, interrupt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on all continents and in the ocean.
Headed by UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), the effort, if taken seriously, can contribute to the end of poverty, fight climate change and prevent the mass extinction that is already being noticed all over the planet.
The period from now to 2030 is also identified by scientists as the limit in the timeline for putting in practice measures to avoid catastrophic climate change. Therefore, the Decade is the last appeal to the participation of all, at all scales. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Decade after a proposal of action from more than 70 countries, from all latitudes.
The Decade was launched on the last Environment Day (5th of June), and besides stimulating changes in social behavior towards ecosystems, it aims to mobilize a large number of investments in research and in restoration projects in diverse regions of the planet.
This panel will try to answer questions such as: What is the current panorama in Brazil and in the world concerning ecosystem degradation? And what are the projects already in place within the scope of the Decade, in different ecosystems? What are the processes used in restoration projects? And how can one collaborate with the global effort?
Andréia PintoAdjunct researcher, Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (Imazon)
Biologist, graduated from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) with a PhD in Sustainable Development of the Humid Tropics from the Amazonic High Studies Nucleus (Naea/UFPA). She is an adjunct researcher at the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (Imazon), where she works on municipal environmental management and forest restoration research. Coordinator of the Strategic Coordination Council at the Alliance for the Restoration of the Amazon.
Matheus CoutoBrazil Program Officer, UNEP's (United Nations Environment Program)
Matheus holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering from the University of São Paulo (USP), a master’s degree in Forest Science (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies) and a professional master’s degree in Sustainability (Institute of Ecological Research – IPÊ). Acts in projects on conservation and restoration of ecosystems, climate change, biodiversity, GEE inventory, and food systems.
Rafael ChavesEnvironment Specialist, State Secretariat of Infrastructure and Environment of São Paulo
President of the Brazilian Society of Ecological Restoration (SOBRE) and counsellor at the Pact for the Restoration of the Atlantic Forest, holds a graduation degree in Ecology from UNESP and is currently a doctoral student in Ecology at USP. Since 2009, acts as an Environment Specialist at the State Secretariat of Infrastructure and Environment of São Paulo.