Focusing our restoration efforts where they matter most

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Published on
February 9, 2024

Recognising the urgency of restoring ecosystems around the globe, the United Nations initiated the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. Sumthing is proud to be listed as an official actor in this movement. The movement is further strengthened by the recent additions of the COP15 agreement and its’ 30 by 30 goals to restore 30% of terrestrial and marine ecosystems. These ambitious goals, and their ever-growing support from businesses and other organisations call for a strategic approach that balances short-term progress with long-term outcomes.

Restoring nature is a no-brainer 

The potential benefits of restoring nature are broad and far reaching. The best restoration projects tend to create a broad range of environmental and social benefits, such as

  • Boosting biodiversity and avoiding species extinction
  • Sinking carbon to halt and reverse climate change 
  • Reducing soil & water pollution
  • Mitigating climate risks (e.g. flooding, erosion)
  • Securing food & water safety
  • Improving local livelihoods
  • Promoting equality and justice

Maximising the cost / benefit ratio

If one considers these outcomes, it may not come as a surprise that the extent to which they manifest varies significantly across regions. As both the benefits and the cost depend on the region where the restoration takes place, it’s important to consider where our contributions are most effective and where our input creates maximal output.

The data-driven (road)map

Fortunately, Wageningen University and the International Institute for Sustainability, have developed a global map for Ecosystem Restoration Priorities in a scientific endeavour. The map provides a global guidance and identifies areas where terrestrial restoration efforts can have the most significant impact. The research incorporates various data sources including biodiversity, land-use and social parameters, and applied a multicriteria approach that factors in the varying regional contexts. Want to dig deeper? Check out the full article of Wageningen University about the priority areas.

Directing our support to where it makes the biggest difference

At Sumthing, we often encounter organisations that want to support restoration projects close to home or even in the country they’re operating in. This research and the resulting map clearly show why companies should reconsider their approach if they want to maximise their environmental and social impact. 

Our platform and technology are here to visualise the impact you’re making across the globe, so that even if the project you’re supporting isn’t around the corner you can still keep an eye out and pay a virtual visit. Let's give nature the helping hand it needs to thrive, ensuring a healthier, more sustainable future for all. Let’s Do Sumthing to realise nature’s comeback!

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