Flasbarth complained that participants in international events had been experiencing “the same speeches, sentences and assessments” in what he referred to as a “lost decade for biodiversity”, and he proposed that the international community consider a “decade for ecosystem restoration”. 

Indonesia’s Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, was able to report some progress made in restoring landscapes and rural livelihoods in her country. Efforts were being made to balance social issues with the environment, to move towards sustainable forest management and to align policies with international commitments regarding the environment. A peatlands restoration agency had been set up, and regulations were being imposed on the use of peatlands while their management was being entrusted more to the local communities, the aim being for locals to become economic actors.

Biodiversity loss a major threat

 “Degraded landscapes are plunging people into poverty,” Karin Kemper, Senior Director for the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice at the World Bank, told the meeting.