Ecosystem Restoration & Rewilding

Rescue Earth System

Ecological restoration is returning an ecosystem back to the way it was, reintroduction is returning a species back to where it used to live, and rewilding is returning a managed area back to the wild.

Ecosystem Restoration & Rewilding

Personal Target: 1 hectare of degraded land restored & 100 m2 rewilded
Initiative Global Target: 1 billion hectares of degraded land restored & 10 million hectares rewilded
Ultimate Global Goal: 5 billion hectares of degraded land restored & 500 million hectares rewilded

The Ecosystem Restoration & Rewilding intervention is one that undoubtedly has the greatest impact on the future of all life on Earth — including us.

Ecosystem restoration means assisting in the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed, as well as conserving the ecosystems that are still intact. Healthier ecosystems, with richer biodiversity, yield greater benefits such as more fertile soils, bigger yields of timber and fish, and larger stores of greenhouse gases.

Restoration can happen in many ways – for example through actively planting or by removing pressures so that nature can recover on its own. It is not always possible – or desirable – to return an ecosystem to its original state. We still need farmland and infrastructure on land that was once forest, for instance, and ecosystems, like societies, need to adapt to a changing climate.

For instance, degradation may result from harmful policies such as subsidies for intensive farming or weak tenure laws that encourage deforestation. Lakes and coastlines can become polluted because of poor waste management or an industrial accident. Commercial pressures can leave towns and cities with too much asphalt and too few green spaces.

Restoring ecosystems large and small protects and improves the livelihoods of people who depend on them. It also helps to regulate disease and reduce the risk of natural disasters.

Rewilding is a progressive approach to conservation. It’s about letting nature take care of itself, enabling natural processes to shape land and sea, repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes. Through rewilding, wildlife’s natural rhythms create wilder, more biodiverse habitats.

How can I make a difference?

All kinds of ecosystems can be restored, including forests, farmlands, cities, wetlands and oceans. Restoration initiatives can be launched by almost anyone, from governments and development agencies to businesses, communities and individuals. That is because the causes of degradation are many and varied, and can have an impact at different scales.

N.B. The standardised financial contribution ERIx10 fee is 100 x the minimum wage rate in your country. ERIx10 Partner Organisations can issue RE tokens for your donation.

Rewilding Your Garden

Although it may be a small area, rewilding your garden can have a significant impact on local biodiversity. A FREE RSD Course lessonRewilding a Home Garden — covers how you can rewild your garden.

Pay the ERIx10 fee or volunteer towards an Ecosystem Restoration & Rewilding project

There are many Ecosystem Restoration & Rewilding projects that would benefit from your volunteerism or the receipt of your ERIx10 fee. This includes anti-poaching initiatives that use drones to monitor threats to wildlife.