A balanced ecosystem is quintessential for all life on Earth. But, throughout
World, unsustainable activities have destroyed aquatic as well as terrestrial
ecosystems. Thus, there is an urgent need to reverse this degradation and to
restore the earth for the benefits of both humans and nature. Keeping in view
the urgency of the situation, the United Nations has declared this decade (2021-
2030) as decade of Ecosystem Restoration. Today, the ecosystem of Punjab is in
dire need of restoration as it is losing its biodiversity due to anthropogenic
activities such as deforestation, habitat fragmentation besides climate change.
We require sustainable solutions to tackle this challenge and to restore Punjab’s
biodiversity. Punjabi University, Patiala has established Centre for Restoration
of Ecosystem of Punjab (CRESP) to look for solutions that would sustain
biodiversity, improve resilience in a changing climate, and re-establish an
ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.