World Rewilding Day
March 20, 2021
Global Rewilding Day is the day we celebrate the historic opportunity to restore wild nature and secure humanity’s future. We have chosen March 20 – the equinox – for this celebration as it represents balance in all things, especially in the cycles of life.
On this day we urge you to share with others the need for rewilding and the mechanisms and practices rewilding offers as a strategy for revitalizing Earth’s natural, life-giving systems. In the week before Global Rewilding Day we will release key studies about rewilding and other exciting outreach materials so that you can help your networks learn about the power of rewilding.
Check back for more information as the date draw nears!
”Planting trees is good, of course, but it’s nowhere near enough of what needs to be done, and it cannot replace real mitigation or rewilding nature.” ~ Greta Thunberg, World Economic Forum 2020
Global Rewilding Charter
The “Global Charter for Rewilding the Earth” was developed by experts within the global conservation community preparing for the 11th World Wilderness Congress in Jaipur, India, March 2020.
UNFCC COP 26 and CBD COP 15
The UNFCCC COP 26 is scheduled for November 2021 in Glasgow, UK, and the CBD COP 15 will take place in December 2021 in Kunming, China. A prime aim of the Alliance will be to get official recognition, through inclusion in language and global action plans, of the term and concept of “rewilding“ as the most advanced form of restoration and as the best and most cost-effective nature-based solution in solving the dual climate/biodiversity crisis.
Rewilding has to be concrete and we will highlight the need for specific “protect-restore-rewild” targets addressing, for example, the necessary protection of wild, primary ecosystems, how to best restore biodiversity and the carbon capacity on land and in the seas, the need to stopping climate- and biodiversity-negative natural resource use extraction (clear-cut logging & bottom trawling), financing opportunities, etc. How could the cooperation between UNFCCC and CBD be enhanced, resulting in joint/coordinated action on developing and scaling up “nature-based solutions”?
UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
The objective of the Un Decade is to “build a strong, diverse global movement towards a sustainable future by accelerating restoration through building political momentum for restoration and thousands of practical initiatives. The official launch of the UN Decade will be on World Environment day, 5 June 2021, and the initiative will last through 2030, which also is the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists consider the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change. Lead agencies are the UN Environment Programme and the FAO with “collaborating agencies”: UNFCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity), UNCCD (UN Convention to Combat Desertification), UNECE (Un Economic Commission for Europe) and UNESCO. Other global partners include the IUCN, World Bank, World Resources Institute, World Economic Forum and Society for Ecological Restoration.
The Global Rewilding Alliance has been recognized as official “restoration implementer” of the UN Decade together with the Global Mangrove Alliance, International Coral Reef Initiative, Wetlands International and a few others. Becoming a UN Decade Restoration Implementer provides us individually as members and as a group with benefits such as global visibility and network, connections to finance (Multi-partner Trust Fund, etc.), and invitations to participate in events and communications initiatives. Expectations of us are matters like acting “as a leader in restoration by applying innovative, impactful and cost-effective practices”, building capacity, supporting communications, identifying stories, promoting the Decade through our own channels and networks, and reporting on progress (such as hectares rewilded, movement building, etc.).