Why is nature restoration critical to sustain jobs and economic benefits from healthy ecosystem services?

Nature restoration leads to job creation and maintenance and is particularly important for local communities. It is estimated that the investment needs of the Natura 2000 network can support as many as 500,000 additional jobs. Restoration activities are both directly and indirectly linked to job creation. Restoration increases ecosystem resilience, safeguarding jobs which depend on the natural environment, such as farming, fishing, and forestry. Natural areas and restoration activities also support jobs in tourism, cultural heritage & recreation, health, and activities linked to climate adaptation and mitigation.