Restoring landscapes for life

The Endangered Landscapes Programme is building a future in which landscapes are enriched with biodiversity, establishing resilient, more self-sustaining ecosystems that benefit both nature and people

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Gökova Bay to Cape Gelidonya

Where the Central Aegean and the North East Levantine Seas meet, Mediterranean waters provide critical habitat for some of its most charismatic species, including sandbar sharks, loggerhead turtles and sperm whales. These waters have long provided local people with sustainable livelihoods through fishing, but this traditional way of life is being threatened by illegal and unregulated fishing activity, damage from tourism and invasive species from the Red Sea. To achieve recovery of this essential seascape for native species in the face of climate change, this project will scale-up a successful pilot project to restore more than 500 km of vulnerable marine habitat along the Turkish Mediterranean coast. This will help re-establish ecosystem connectivity, provide space for habitat and species recovery, and strengthen the first line of defence against invasive species from the Red Sea.

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Restoration Diagnostic Tool: Understanding the barriers to landscape restoration

Landscape restoration is by its nature complex and invariably faces diverse challenges and barriers. There is a provisional but growing body of evidence to suggest that while practitioners have both the scientific knowledge and practical skills to restore ecosystem functionality to degraded landscapes, the success of such efforts hinges on the social and political dimension.…

New guidance to help maximise climate change mitigation through the restoration of natural areas

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Fighting the climate crisis through landscape restoration

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Baby boom in Ukraine’s Danube Delta

During challenging times, restoration efforts are successfully continuing in the Danube Delta. During this year’s breeding season, over 22 young…