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Catalysing Nature-based Solutions for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Sustainable Development through Ecosystem Restoration


Ecosystem restoration is one of the most practical and concrete nature-based solutions. Synergistic actions for restoration can realise multiple benefits across climate change, biodiversity, health and welfare, economy, and food and water systems and security.

This side event of the Climate & SDGs Synergy Conference will discuss how to enhance synergies and accelerate action on ecosystem restoration through international collaboration considering gaps, challenges, and opportunities.

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) is a global rallying cry to reverse the degradation of ecosystems and create a biodiversity-positive future to heal our planet. UNU joined the UN Decade in November 2021 as a Collaborating Agency and as a member of the Best Practices Task Force. 

Participation and Registration

This event will be held online and in person at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan. If you have registered to attend the Climate & SDGs Synergy Conference in person, please go to U Thant International Conference Hall on the 3rd floor of the building.

To participate online, please register in advance here.

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This event will be held in English. 


16:00–16:05 Opening Remarks

  • Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director, UNU-IAS)

16:05–16:15 Biodiversity-Health-Sustainability Nexus in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)

  • Maiko Nishi (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS / IPSI Secretariat)

16:15–16:25 Climate and Biodiversity Synergies and Trade-Offs

  • Shizuka Hashimoto (Associate Professor, University of Tokyo / Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, IPBES

16:25–16:35 The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

  • Andrea Romero (Facilitator, Task Force on Best Practices, UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, FAO)  

16:35 – 16:45 Video Message

  • David Obura (Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa)

16:45–17:25 Panel Discussion

  • Maiko Nishi
  • Shizuka Hashimoto
  • Andrea Romero 


17:25–17:30 Concluding Remarks

  • Wataru Suzuki (CBD Secretariat) [TBC]


This side event is organised by UNU-IAS, FAO, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) [TBD].

Photo: Yuichi Ishida/UNDP Timor-Leste