G20- a socio ecology pathways

A Socio-ecological Pathway for Land Restoration

Anuja Malhotra, Ruth DeFries, Rob Slotow and  Abi T. Vanak

G20 | July 2023

The G20 Bali Leaders’ Declaration (2022) recognised the role of sustainable management and land restoration in achieving the objectives of the three Rio Conventions. Three years into the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), the challenge of land restoration has been identified as one that requires coordination and cooperation from various sectors and agencies across international and national policy landscapes. Given that ecosystems typically straddle administrative boundaries, effective implementation requires strong collaborations and meaningful partnerships amongst various policy actors involved in the landscape, such as the environmental, water, forestry, agriculture, defence, rural development, energy, and mineral resource management sectors, as well as private sector entities, citizen groups, and civil society. The G20 plays an important role in ensuring collaboration by mobilising finance, facilitating crossborder engagements, showcasing best practices of working with local communities, and establishing synergies that are required for scientifically and socially responsible restoration.