Global opportunity for landscape restoration is termendous. There are more than 2 billion hectares of deforested and degraded lands across the world that could benefit from restoration. With such great opportunity, deciding which landscapes to restore right away - and how to restore them - will be a necessary but difficult undertaking.
IUCN and partners in the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration are developing dynamic and accessible tools to aid decision-making on restoration where ever it can occur.
The benefits of restoration are many, ranging from increased provisioning services like food, fuel and timber to improved rural economies, reduced floods, and more reliable water supplies. What mix of restoration interventions, and associated costs and benefits, are appropriate for your region?
Getting the most out of restoration requires making difficult decisions about where, when, and how land should be restored. For the practitioner the question arises: where to start and how to proceed? For the policy maker: who will pay for it? For the citizen: who will benefit? The answers to these and other questions must be formed on the basis of restoration’s expected impacts on ecosystem goods and services, and the needs of the communities who surround or depend on the land.
New decision tools being devloped include:
- A Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology - will help countries to understand how much land offers restoration opportunities, to map where those opportunities are, and to determine which degraded landscapes offer the most value to society. A road-test version of this is now available - Click here to learn more about this exciting tool.
- A Digital Restoration Economic Valuation tool - available in late spring, 2014.
- A Rapid Restoration Diagnostic of Success Factors manual, produced by The World Resources Institute, will be available by autumn, 2014.