Target 15 – Ecosystem restoration and resilience

By 2020, ecosystem resilience and the contribution of biodiversity to carbon stocks has been enhanced, through conservation and restoration, including restoration of at least 15% of degraded ecosystems, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation and to combating desertification.

Key message

Through their natural resource management systems, IPLCs have made major contributions towards conserving carbon stocks and increasing socio-ecological resilience of ecosystems to climate change. Traditional knowledge can increase the effectiveness of ecosystem restoration and carbon sequestration. Supporting relevant IPLC initiatives not only contributes to the achievement of this target but can also provide multiple benefits (including livelihood benefits) to communities.

Summary of progress towards the target