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UN recognizes Building with Nature Indonesia’s efforts

with World Restoration Flagship award

The United Nations has recognized Wetlands International’s Building with Nature Indonesia initiative to protect Indonesia’s coast against flooding as one of 10 pioneering efforts to revive the natural world.

The UN designated the push, which is using mangrove trees to form a natural barrier against the sea, as one of its inaugural World Restoration Flagships. These initiatives, which are eligible to receive UN support, funding or technical expertise, showcase how environmental advocates are mending damaged ecosystems across the planet. Human activity has significantly altered three-quarters of the Earth’s land and two-thirds of its marine environment, pushing 1 million species towards extinction.

The community in Demak celebrating the award together. © Wetlands International

The announcement came as leaders gathered in Montreal, Canada for the UN Biodiversity Conference, where governments from around the world will agree to a new set of goals for nature over the next decade. Talks are expected to include a potential global target for ecosystem restoration. 

Read the full extent of this award and find more resources about the Building with Nature initiative from Wetlands International: https://www.wetlands.org/blog/wetlands-international-mangrove-conservation-and-restoration-practice-in-africa/ 

Wetlands International CEO Jane Madgwick receiving the World Flagship award certificate during Restoration Day at CBD COP15 in Montreal. © Wetlands International