Forest landscape restoration: Unlocking the mitigation and adaptation potential of the forest and land sector
IUCN advocates that NDCs, in order to be strengthened, should be translated into robust, ambitious and implementable policy instruments to bridge the global emissions gap and enhance the adaptive capacity of social and environmental systems.
Donors and governments want to understand the return on their investments. A value for money assessment in Guatemala takes us a step closer to understanding how to capture and report this key information.
The success of the ENPI-FLEG programme – a seven-year undertaking by IUCN and partners to improve the sustainable governance, management, and protection of forests in seven countries – was founded on developing strong relationships and building trust among stakeholders.
Biological diversity is the foundation of healthy, productive ecosystems, and forests hold most of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. How can forest landscape restoration contribute to biodiversity and help countries meet their commitments?
Countries in Asia are looking to the restoration of their degraded and deforested lands to generate a variety of benefits, with a focus on poverty alleviation, climate-smart agriculture and reversing deforestation. Engagement in the Bonn Challenge is a strategy towards meeting those ends.
A pioneering payment for ecosystem services programme in Brazil’s Espírito Santo state uses landscape assessment tools to determine landowner compensation for conserving standing forests and initiating forest landscape restoration interventions on their land.
When smallholder farmers and local communities organise, they can benefit by restoring the functionality of deforested and degraded landscapes, enhance food production, increase the availability of forest products and access to markets, and effect change.
The Bonn Challenge has unprecedented support in Latin America with over 35 million hectares pledged. Initiative 20x20 is a regional platform with the goal of bringing an additional 20 million hectares of land into restoration by 2020.
To date, more than 100 million hectares have been pledged to the Bonn Challenge; a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2020 and 350 million by 2030. Seventeen African nations have contributed 63.3 million hectares.
Designing natural resource management projects that support local representation and accountable governance
If they are to yield effective, equitable outcomes, natural resource management projects need to work with representatives who are responsive and accountable to local people. This brief presents practical suggestions on how projects can avoid some of the most common pitfalls in tackling the thorny issue of governance.
Livelihood-enhancing initiatives in the Mount Elgon and Agoro Agu landscapes are offering innovative, rights-based incentives for communities to engage in REDD+.
Comprehensive conservation agreements with forest-dependent native communities in Peru are providing the ideal tool to improve local livelihoods and increase stakeholder engagement with REDD+ benefit sharing.
Efforts to understand the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and advance rights-based REDD+ benefitsharing arrangements in the states of the Yucatan Peninsula (Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan) are providing valuable inputs into Mexico’s national REDD+ actions.
Leveraging existing forest management units in Indonesia’s Papua and West Papua Provinces is playing an important role in advancing rights-based approaches to REDD+, sustainable forest management, national climate plans, forest tenure reforms and the country’s green growth strategy.
Since 2014, IUCN and partners have been focused on working with a wide range of local and national stakeholders in Guatemala to support the design of a gender roadmap for REDD+, which aims to incorporate gender considerations as early as possible in the design of the country’s national REDD+ strategy.
Ghana’s Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs) are providing the ideal entry point to advance rights-based approaches to REDD+ implementation.
Synergies between IUCN, government, civil society and key forest governance initiatives in Cameroon are effective mechanisms to streamline and scale-up support for rights-based approaches to REDD+.
Brazil has the capacity to make a huge contribution to the global challenges of restoring landscapes and fulfilling international commitments on sustainable land use. How could this potential be realised?
Mexico is progressing towards its goal of using REDD+ as a means to promote sustainable rural development, but improved coordination is still needed.
Little was known about the state of Ghana’s forest reserves over the past 20 years. New maps are helping to fill these gaps and open up new opportunities for restoration.
Over the past 20 years the Guatemalan government has delivered about US$ 173 million in incentives for reforestation and restoration. How can we build on this investment?