A global movement to restore deforested and degraded forest landscapes is gaining momentum. But what is forest landscape restoration, what outcomes should it achieve and where should it occur?
Last month, 40 nations agreed to restore 5 million hectares (12.4 million acres) of degraded lands and areas of low-quality bamboo production into productive, healthy bamboo forests at the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan’s (INBAR) Ninth Council Session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This pledge will help answer the Bonn Challenge—an effort to pledge to have 150 million hectares (370 million acres) of degraded and deforested lands in restoration programs by 2020—and could create significant environmental and climate benefits, if bamboo can overcome its image problem.
The restoration of China's Loess Plateau is unmatched in scale, yet the allure of non-native species to engineer a desired outcome in the landscape is common globally.
With changing climate and increasing populations, we need to restore landscapes to ensure the resilience of ecosystem services in the 21st century recognizing that cultural diversity is as important as biodiversity in restoration decisions.
After two weeks of difficult negotiations and a nail-biting finale, delegates in Lima laid the groundwork for a successful international climate agreement in Paris next year.
This infographic is based on data from our Initiative 20x20 project.
As two of the 10 largest economies in the world, China and Brazil both face significant challenges from degraded lands.
A new long-term cooperation aims to learn from each others' experiences in landscape restoration.
Between 2001 and 2012, Latin America and the Caribbean lost 36 million hectares of forest and grassland to agricultural expansion, and nearly half of the region's greenhouse gas emissions are the result of land-use change, forestry, and agriculture. So there’s a clear solution to curbing climate change in the LAC region—restore life to its degraded landscapes.
That's where Initiative 20x20 comes in.
Los líderes de países de América Latina anunciarán durante la COP20 una nueva iniciativa para restaurar bosques y tierras agrícolas. La Iniciativa 20x20 es un esfuerzo encabezado por los países para llevar a 20 millones de hectáreas de tierras degradadas en América Latina y el Caribe a la restauración antes del 2020.