Health Desk – 04 Jun, 2021: On the occasion of World Environment Day 2021, WHO has joined the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a partnership aimed at preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of our ecosystems and the diversity of life they sustain.
WHO has joined the partnership as a collaborating agency, along with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and a large number of partners.
Ecosystem restoration can significantly contribute to supporting health and well-being by helping to regulate infectious diseases, supporting food and nutrition security, and contributing to climate mitigation and adaptation. Restoration also reduces the risk of disasters, while supporting livelihoods and healthy societies.
Safeguarding and restoring ecosystems globally will contribute to long-term social wellbeing and ecological resilience, while boosting green recovery efforts from the pandemic. Last year, WHO launched a Manifesto for a Healthy and Green Recovery from COVID-19, outlining six prescriptions essential to a healthier, greener and more equitable future. The first of these prescriptions recognizes that nature needs to be protected and preserved as the source of human health.
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is part of a series of collaborative efforts led by WHO that seek to strengthen cross-sectoral collaboration and engagement at the human, animal, plant and ecosystem interface, also known as One Health