Restoration is possible

12 July 2010 | News story

This is the message of "Hope in a Changing Climate" – a documentary by John D. Liu, an environmental filmmaker and ecological field researcher. The short film was presented today at the European Parliament.

The documentary demonstrates that it is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems, to restore ecosystem functions in areas where they have been lost, to fundamentally improve the lives of people who have been trapped in poverty for generations and to sequester carbon naturally. This approach has been dramatically proven on the Loess Plateau in China, the highland area spanning some 640,000 square km in north central China. It is the birthplace of the Han Chinese, headwaters of The Yellow River and home to a new environmental and economic paradigm: A degraded ecosystem of more than 35,000 square km of land now teems with life and supports the sustainable economic, social and agricultural activities of its people.

Today’s presentation – organized by Greek MEP Kriton Arsenis – included a number of interventions by environmental experts. Guido Broekhoven, IUCN Senior Forest Governance Officer spoke about the need for an integrated and holistic approach to nature conservation and ecological restoration.

Financial support for the film was provided, among others, by IUCN National Committee for The Netherlands.

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