Landscape restoration results in multiple benefits to both natural and human communities and can serve as a strategy for acheiving many diverse goals, from improving livelihoods at the local level to sequestering carbon at the global. But such diverse benefits can only be enjoyed if restoration is conducted on a large scale and in a manner consistent with local needs and participation.
This project of IUCN seeks to foster the accomplishment of both these goals - improving local livelihoods and increasing the pace and scale of restoration that can enhance carbon stocks - by facilitating strategic cooperation between private investors and local community land managers. The end goal is increased restoration that brings social and economic returns to farmers, local communities, and investors while fulfilling the REDD+ goal of reducing carbon emissions from land degradation.
IUCN currently works in four countries - Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and Ghana - to:
- Fill critical knowledge gaps and provide capacity for implementing landscape restoration as an early REDD+ action;
- Mobilize partnerships to identify restoration opportunities, pilot and scale up investments in carbon intensive landscapes; and
- Communicate experiences and learning to local, national and international practitioners and policy makers.
Check back soon for more information on the PiLaR project and our early milestones.