Ministerial Roundtable On Protection and Restoration of Freshwater Ecosystems
The ministerial roundtable on the Freshwater Challenge will announce new country signatories and their commitments to protecting and restoring freshwater ecosystems, which are essential to mitigating and adapting to climate change and currently the most degraded type of ecosystem worldwide. The Freshwater Challenge, launched at the UN 2023 Water Conference, is the world's most ambitious freshwater restoration initiative to date, aiming to restore over 300,000 km of rivers and 350 million hectares of wetlands by 2030, or approximately 30% of Earth's degraded freshwater ecosystems. The Freshwater Challenge is a way to promote the inclusion of water-related targets in multilateral environmental agreements and development frameworks, such as the Agenda 2030 and the Sendai Framework, and accelerate their implementation. This event will also consist of a multistakeholder facilitated discussion on ways to implement and deliver on commitments.
COP28 Presidency, WWF, IUCN, UNEP (with the support of TNC, Wetlands International, Conservation International and the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands)
WWF (with the support of Conservation International, TNC, The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands, and Wetlands International)