We can turn an India-sized patch of degraded land green again, but only if we learn from early successes in Niger, Ethiopia and Costa Rica.
For Americans looking to affect change in an erratic political landscape, the food system is a good place to start.
It's not enough to merely commit to deforestation-free supply chains. Businesses should keep their eyes on the real prize: prosperous and productive rural economies.
Kenyan entrepreneurs in businesses ranging from honey production to bamboo farming show that restoring degraded landscapes can bring financial returns along with environmental and social benefits.
More than 350 companies worth $2.9 trillion have committed to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. That's why WRI, Cargill, Walmart, Nature Conservancy and others are building the go-to platform for monitoring tree cover loss near mills, farms and municipalities.
Intact forest landscapes (IFLs), or vast stretches of unbroken forest wilderness, are some of the most important ecosystems in the world. The fact that the world lost an area of IFLs twice the size of California over the past decade spells trouble for nature, the climate and human well-being.
One community in Maharashtra, India has been restoring its watershed for years in order to create a stable water supply and adapt to climate change. A new tracking system will evaluate whether this and other climate adaptation projects are actually effective.
WRI experts explain how reducing food waste, getting creative with leftovers and embracing plant-based foods can lower your environmental impact this Turkey Day.
To date, 21 African nations have signed onto the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) and committed to restore 63.3 million hectares (156 million acres) of degraded land.