View of the two Lakes from the Path to Haystacks. May 2014. Attribution: Nessy-Pic

This page is the beginnings of a portal for UK community action in response to Ecological emergency. The majority of our information about this is collated via our place pages...Near you. Please see Ecological restoration for a topic overview.

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Community action projects[edit | edit source]

Ecosystem restoration[edit | edit source]

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  • Standing up and saying NO to erasing our environmental heritage. Stopping land encroachment., (May 09, 2023)
  • Indigenous Peoples defend a precious natural resource- empowering them protects us all, (Feb 14, 2023)

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Ecosystem restoration is the process of halting and overturning degradation, resulting in cleaner air and water, extreme weather mitigation, better human health, and recovered biodiversity, including improved pollination of plants. Restoration encompasses a wide continuum of practices, from reforestation to re-wetting peatlands and coral rehabilitation.[1]

Citizen Science[edit | edit source]

Citizen Science refers to the involvement, participation and engagement of citizens in local or online (global) scientific work relevant to the citizens' interests, usually as a hobby, often as a passion.

Near you[edit | edit source]

Wetlands[edit | edit source]

  • Britain’s wetlands are the key to saving us from drought, wildfires and even floods, The Guardian (Aug 12, 2022)
  • Hot cities and cool wetlands, (Aug 03, 2022)
  • Britain’s first wetland ‘super reserve’ offers boost to nature-based solutions to climate change, The Conversation (Jun 07, 2022)
Up River! a Shadventure on the River Severn
Authors: Unlocking the Severn, Jul 19, 2021
  • Unlocking The Severn, conservation and river engagement project led by Canal & River Trust, and partners: the Severn Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the European Union LIFE Nature Programme.[2]added 14:47, 22 December 2021 (UTC)
Why Wetlands are Nature's Super-Systems
Authors: WWT, Sep 26, 2020
What are wetlands?
Authors: WWT, Mar 31, 2020

The UK has lost 90% of its wetlands over the last 100 years.[3]

Ecological emergency[edit | edit source]

Biodiversity loss risks 'ecological meltdown' warn scientists (UK/Global) - BBC News - 10 Oct. 2021
Authors: Mark 1333, Oct 10, 2021
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There is consensus in the scientific community that the current environmental degradation and destruction of many of Earth's biota are taking place on a "catastrophically short timescale". Scientists estimate that the current species extinction rate, or the rate of the Holocene extinction, is 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than the normal, background rate. Habitat loss is the leading cause of both species extinctions and ecosystem service decline. Two methods have been identified to slow the rate of species extinction and ecosystem service decline, they are the conservation of currently viable habitat and the restoration of degraded habitat. The commercial applications of ecological restoration have increased exponentially in recent years. In 2019, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2021–2030 the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. W

UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration[edit | edit source]

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  • Green Deal: pioneering proposals to restore Europe's nature by 2050 and halve pesticide use by 2030, (Jun 22, 2022)

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The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems and restore them to achieve global goals. The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed the UN Decade and it is led by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The UN Decade is building a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future. That will include building political momentum for restoration as well as thousands of initiatives on the ground. [4]

The decade was conceived as a means of highlighting the need for greatly increased global cooperation to restore degraded and destroyed ecosystems, contributing to efforts to combat climate change and safeguard biodiversity, food security, and water supply. W

See also[edit | edit source]

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  2. Press release, Jul 28, 2021,
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