In two of Indonesia's prized parks, forest restoration only took off when drivers of degradation were addressed. In one instance, that meant providing affordable health care.
Taking Root: How Communities Are Driving National Change
Land degradation leads to declining agricultural and ecological productivity. This adversely affects the more than 1 billion people who rely on the land worldwide. Restoring land by increasing the number of trees, crops, and other plants can improve water availability, soil fertility and resilience to climate change. It can also boost crop yields and wood supplies to generate income. Globally, as forests and vegetation regenerate, they play a vital role in absorbing the carbon dioxide responsible for climate change.
The “Taking Root” series explores some of the many restoration successes happening in communities across the world. The series is inspired by a project entitled Building the Foundation for Forest and Landscape Restoration at Scale that is working to improve the conditions needed for the implementation of restoration projects, supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UN Environment. Check this page for future installments, and visit our Global Restoration Initiative page for additional research and information. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates.
Nigerien farmers struggle with land degradation. Now, they're tuning in to a new radio program for tips on restoring their fields.