The issue

The UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration to 2030 recognises that ecosystem degradation undermines the well-being of 3.2 billion people. The resultant loss of species and ecosystem services across the world equates to a 10 per cent annual reduction in gross productivity.

Our role

Our expertise in integrating biological, physical and chemical processes enables us to develop innovative approaches to sustaining healthy ecosystems and restoring degraded ecosystems at the landscape scale, encompassing grasslands, peatlands, heathlands, rivers and lakes, forests and agricultural systems.

We provide the evidence base to restore degraded ecosystems in such a way that they are resilient to climate change and extreme events, particularly where societal and environmental pressures are in conflict.

Our commitment

  • To focus on solutions that allow species to thrive or re-establish where their numbers have been depleted.
  • To model the impact of climate and land-use change on genetic diversity and provide early warning signs of ecosystems in danger of collapse.
  • To create accurate habitat maps, land-use projections and decision-support tools to inform landscape-scale restoration for biodiversity net gain, water and soil security, and poverty alleviation.

Our research