ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF INVESTING IN NATURE RESTORATION
Ecosystem restoration is not just about saving wildlife. A growing body of evidence shows that nature contributes to our overall health and wellbeing1 and provides significant socio-economic benefits including sustainable jobs and ecotourism opportunities. Protecting and restoring nature and well-functioning ecosystems is also a fundamental tool in tackling the twin crisis of biodiversity loss and climate change.
From rebuilding the social fabric of post-industrial regions and creating jobs to the provision of ecosystem services like clean water and flood protection, nature restoration makes socioeconomic sense. As such, spending money on nature restoration is an investment – not an expense. Large-scale nature restoration in the EU will not only help tackle the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change but also benefit local – and global – economies.