The Veolia Environment Institute, together with Agence Française de Dévéloppement, International Union for Conservation of Nature, UNCCD and US National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board, will host an international conference on Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration from 29-30 May 2014 in Washington DC, United States.
The conference provides an international platform for scientists, practitioners, NGOs, business leaders and policymakers to consider the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration, drawing on case studies and best practices. Participants will also share insights on the potential these restoration projects have to improve livelihoods, create jobs, foster socio-economic development and recover the ecosystems’ functionalities, continuity and biodiversity.
Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, will participate in a decisions-makers segment. The segment aims to strengthen the political will and institutional schemes to translate ideas and commitments into actions for sustainable development, especially climate change mitigation and adaptation, and reversing desertification and land degradation.