Countries have already promised to restore 1 billion hectares – an area larger than China – as part of international climate, nature, and land goals. However, little is known about the progress or quality of this restoration.

With the World Restoration Flagships, the UN is honouring the best examples of large-scale and long-term ecosystem restoration in any country or region, embodying the 10 Restoration Principles of the UN Decade.

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Trinational Atlantic Forest Pact

Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay |

Persuading and helping landowners to let more indigenous trees grow on their land is central to one of the world’s most sustained and ambitious environmental projects.

Altyn Dala Conservation Initiative

Kazakhstan |

International effort working since 2005 to save the critically endangered saiga and restore huge swaths of the grasslands that once covered much of Central Asia.

Shan-Shui Initiative

China |

This initiative is an ambitious country-wide effort to restore 10 million ha of natural spaces, including forests, grasslands and waterways in China.

Great Green Wall

Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sudan, Chad |

To tackle the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss, the countries of Africa’s Sahel region are mounting an epic response: a “wall” of restored forests and lands.

Namami Gange

India |

A concerted effort to restore India’s most sacred river, which is an economic lifeline for more than 500 million people and supports countless species.

Multi-country Mountain Flagship

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Serbia, Uganda |

This flagship showcases initiatives in three diverse regions that are making mountain ecosystems more resilient.

Small Island Developing States

Vanuatu, Comoros, Saint Lucia |

This initiative aims to restore whole landscapes and show how island nations can build sustainable “blue” economies around healthy marine ecosystems.

Central American Dry Corridor

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama |

Turbo-charging and replicating the restoration of entire landscapes through the building and sharing of resources, knowledge and climate-smart practices.

Building with Nature in Indonesia

Indonesia |

Instead of simply planting mangroves, this initiative is applying an innovative approach using semi-permeable sea walls made of natural materials to trap mud and sediments. 

Abu Dhabi Marine Restoration

United Arab Emirates |

Abu Dhabi wants to ensure its coastal ecosystems are resilient in the face of global heating and rapid coastal development in what is already one of the world’s warmest seas.