How much would ecological restoration cost?

Every day, we see new reports on the news or online about the damage we are doing to the planet and how quite soon it could become irreversible if it hasn’t already. New methods for saving the planet and cutting back on the most ecologically damaging procedures have been proposed time and time again with little actually done about them.

In a hypoethetical world – sadly – the UN have looked at the potential costs of what a ecological restoration project would actually cost. Because of the problems with deforestation especially in the Americas, there is a significant need to keep forest levels high across the planet. Not only do they give us vital resources like timber, food and also water but they also help keep the environment in a constantly regenerative state.

Therefore, research has been put into the potential costs of trying to restore the forests on the planet and trying to clean water and make soil more fertile. While the explanations and sounds about the projects sound very positive with “billions” of dollars being invested annually, why are we struggling to see any significant change to the way we operate.

Research shows that when land has been restored after it has previously been damaged, it can never return to the fruitful state that it was in previously. However, it can still reach roughly a 44% improvement over being left to rot and decay slowly which is better than nothing, right? So why is restoration not something we hear about every day?


The majority of the procedures put into place aren’t very cost-effective, and its falling to independent researchers to get in there and start creating commissions to try and dictate the policy on the eco problems we face today. By trying to assign a list of priorities from cleaning water and restoring damaged land and ensuring that soil stays completely fertile to encourage long-term growth and development, there is a hope that by 2020 15% of the degraded ecosystems on the planet will have been restored to some capacity.

While these numbers may not scream that a potential change in the damage we are doing to the planet is in action, it shows that at least something is being done and that for once initiatives and proper values have been assigned to such an important part of the future of the human race. With the right targets in place and a chance to maximize the power of the budgets set, there’s a hope that there could be a turning point in the near future.

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