IUCN Restore
Welcome to the first issue of Restore, the IUCN newsletter on Landscape Restoration. Restore will provide continuing coverage on the latest news, science, events and discussions surrounding the global restoration movement. Subscribe to find regular updates on IUCN's on-going work to restore the world's degraded and deforested lands. From the megacities of China to the mountains of Guatemala, communities are coming together as never before to welcome trees and forests back to degraded lands. Read on.
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Forest landscape restoration  is "an idea whose time has come," says Stewart Maginnis, Global Director of Nature-based Solutions at IUCN. "Things have certainly been moving fast since the Bonn Challenge was launched in 2011." Already one-third of the ambitious target, to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land by 2020, is within reach. "We are in a strong position," says Maginnis, "to help ensure that this approach fulfills its potential as a means of boosting local livelihoods, ecosystem health, and our capacity to slow down and adapt to climate change."


An Update on the Bonn Challenge

Launched at a high-level event in Bonn, Germany, in 2011, the Bonn Challenge is a global initiative to restore 150 million hectares of the world's degraded lands by 2020. Already response from around the world has been tremendous - we are well on our way toward achieving the goal.

> See how far we've come
> Learn more about the Bonn Challenge
Using Cement to strengthen conservation - Clouds

Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible

On the first day of spring IUCN and the World Resources Institute provided the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration potential. Published in the form of a handbook, the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) will help countries understand how much of their land offers restoration opportunities, map where those opportunities are and determine which degraded landscapes offer the most value to society.

> Read the full story
> Download a copy of the restoration assessment handbook
A new opportunity assessment methodology

IUCN Project Examines Potential of Forest Restoration to Protect Beijing Water Supply

With growing populations and expanding industries hard hit by climate change, China’s megacities are facing an unprecedented water crisis. IUCN and partners in China are examining how nature can be part of the solution. In at least one city, the municipality of Beijing, the restoration of forest landscapes has an important role to play.

> Read the full story
> Download our case study on restoration in the Miyun Watershed
The Chinese capital of Beijing is growing - and so is its demand for water. Forest landscape restoration can be part of the solution.

Introducing the Knowledge and Tools for Forest Landscape Restoration Project

There are over 2 billion hectares of degraded and deforested lands across the world that could benefit from restoration. What do we need to know to begin restoring these lands today? A new project of the IUCN aims to understand and fill gaps in our knowledge on restoration - how, where, why and for whom.

> Learn more about the Knowledge for FLR project
> Learn more about our global potential for restoration
A World of Opportunity for Forest Landscape Restoration

Michael Verdone

Michael Verdone What are the true costs and benefits of restoration? Can we measure the economic impact of water cleansed by trees or soil better held in place by forests? Environmental economist Michael Verdon says we can and must.
> Listen to an interview with environmental economist Michael Verdone


Recent international conference on large-scale ecosystem restoration and sustainable development

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to restoration. IUCN has multiple projects and rich partnerships focused on facilitating the restoration of degraded forest landscapes around the world.
On May 29th and 30th, 2014, world decision-makers, scientists, practitioners and advocates met in Washington, DC, to discuss the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration to further global development goals and sustainable livelihoods.
> Learn more


Latest IUCN global forest magazine, Arborvitae Issue 45, covers the world of Forest Landscape Restoration

Arborvitae 45 - Forest Landscape Restoration: Potential and Impacts The latest IUCN global forest magazine, Arborvitae Issue 45, hit the shelves earlier this summer.  Between its covers you'll find news, interviews, and current thoughts on the quickly changing world of Forest Landscape Restoration. 
> Download a free copy of Arborvitae Issue 45


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