Restoring ecosystems for life

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

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Restoring land and seas across Europe

Over many centuries, Europe’s landscapes and seascapes have become degraded. Ecosystems are fragmented, species have been lost, and the populations of birds, insects and mammals are greatly diminished.

Europe needs to bring life back to its land and seas; we need to restore places where people can reconnect to nature and marvel at the natural world.

Restoring nature at scale is one of the best ways of tackling the twin climate and biodiversity crises, as well as enhancing the wide range of other benefits that nature provides – including clean air and water, fertile soil, flood protection and human health and wellbeing.

The Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme supports partners to restore landscapes and seascapes across Europe for the benefit of nature and people, building a healthier and more hopeful future.

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The Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme activity and impact in numbers:


listed as globally threatened by the IUCN benefitting from project actions


have engaged in ELSP projects


co-funding secured across the programme


of land and sea directly under restoration


made at conferences, knowledge fairs, and workshops


benefitting from project actions


attended project events


of land and sea newly protected


trained to help enhance natures's recovery

Annual Review

Featured Project

Convening for Restoration

The project aims to strengthen the dialogue between the various sectoral actors needed to ensure successful scaled-up restoration, such as the conservation community, restoration practitioners, local communities, the finance sector, and policymakers, to jointly identify solutions to overcome the main barriers to successful restoration across Europe. Under the project, two taskforces will be set up to address the specific topics of unlocking funding for restoration (led by UNEP-WCMC) and stakeholder engagement (led by BirdLife). Both taskforces will address the cross-cutting theme of enabling policy environment for restoration. Project outcomes will include creating solutions to strengthen stakeholder engagement and mitigate conflicts in restoration, solutions to unlock funding for restoration and manage associated risks, and strategies for achieving an enabling policy environment for restoration.

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