We depend on our land for everything essential - food, water, shelter. Yet often our use of the land makes it less productive, less fit to provide for our needs and the needs of fellow species. The disappearance of forests, the degradation of soil, the loss of clear, fresh water - these events can happen quickly or, more often, over the course of generations. We can return lands to fertile, functional and productive states. But that requires some strategic thinking.

Across the globe there are more than two billion hectares of degraded land that offer opportunities for restoration.

Getting the most out of restoration requires making difficult decisions about where, when, and how landscapes 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 and which policies will encourage it? 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.

IUCN is pleased to present one tool to aid such decision-making: an economic, "return on investment" framework for analyzing restoration decisions. Based on well-worn principles of economic analysis, the framework allows for the assessment of a few of the largest ecosystem service and economic impacts expected from different forest landscape restoration options. It will help decision makers understand the economic and ecosystem trade-offs of different restoration scenarios. And it can serve decision-making processes at the country, regional, or local level. With some modification it can address a number of policy issues.

Click at right to:

  • Download a short tutorial on the Economic Analysis for Forest Landscape Restoration Descision-Making, which is based on IUCN's experience in Rwanda.
  • Read the full report on the Economic Framework (coming soon)

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