Reflecting on 2023: Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme Annual Review 

Posted: 16th February 2024

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As we reflect on the achievements of the Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme (ELSP) in 2023, we are starting to see that efforts towards ecosystem restoration are yielding promising results in the face of environmental challenges. From revitalising marine ecosystems to regenerating forests, the projects we support have continued to make progress for both nature and people.    

The successes achieved by the ELSP projects offer hope amid environmental uncertainty. They show that irreversible climate change and species loss are not inevitable outcomes.  

Looking Ahead 

In 2023, the programme received a generous gift of US$72 million from Arcadia, ensuring its continuation until 2031. The ELSP is currently inviting expressions of interest for seascape restoration projects in European regional seas. With marine ecosystems facing significant decline, this initiative is a crucial step towards reversing these trends and safeguarding our oceans for future generations. 

As the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration approaches its midpoint in 2025, the ELSP’s projects serve as inspiring showcases of ecosystem recovery. They provide valuable insights and lessons for policymakers and practitioners, especially when European Union member states navigate the new Nature Restoration Law (NRL).  

We invite you to join us on our journey by signing up for our regular news updates and follow our progress as we work towards a future where nature flourishes, and communities thrive in harmony with the planet. 

The Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme Annual Review reminds us that despite the challenges we face, there is still hope and opportunity for positive change. Together, we can make a difference and build a more resilient world for generations to come. 

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