The year 2021 marks the start of the initiative "UN Decade on Ecosystems Restoration", declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations for the period 2021-2030, which seeks to increase the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems at a large-scale worldwide.
According to numbers reported by the United Nations Environment Program (PNUMA), the degradation of terrestrial and marine ecosystemsa affects the well-being of 3,200 million people, in addition of generating a cost close to 10% of the annual global GDP, due to the loss of species and ecosystem services. Instead, restoration could contribute to the elimination of 26 gigatons of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere.
Scolel´te has promoted, for 24 years, restoration works through the implementation of forestry and agroforestry systems as a mechanism for the mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The design of planes vivos oriented to the real needs of the communities and ejidos contributes to have a positive impact in the landscape and to the design of joint sustainable productive schemes. In 2020, the Program restored 282.78 hectares with forestry and agroforestry systems.