Grasslands and savannahs are suffering heavy losses from degradation and conversion.  

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers important opportunities to address these losses through a range of restoration techniques. However, if poorly planned, the Decade could undermine some remaining natural and semi‐natural grassland and savannah ecosystems by encouraging afforestation on these areas, thus acting as a perverse incentive.  

This article outlines the main issues and steps needed to ensure that the Decade creates positive outcomes for these important and highly biodiverse ecosystems:  

  1. better understanding of status and trends in degraded and converted grasslands and savannahs;  
  2. making the case for grassland and savannah restoration at both national and international levels;  
  3. ensuring post‐2020 biodiversity conservation targets address all natural ecosystems;  
  4. improving selection tools for restoration to avoid displacing valuable ecosystems; and  
  5. identifying successful grassland and savannah restoration approaches that address ecological, cultural, and social needs. 

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Nigel Dudley , Luca Eufemia , Martina Fleckenstein , Maria E. Periago , Ilka Petersen , Ilka Petersen and Jean F. Timmers

Type of publication

Journal Article

Type of Ecosystem

Grasslands, Shrublands and Savannahs

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