The Veolia Environment Institute organizes jointly with Agence Française de Développement, International Union for Conservation of Nature and US National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board this international event on "Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development".

World Resources Institute is an Associated Partner for the conference.

The conference provides an international platform for scientists, practitioners, NGOs, business leaders and policymakers to discuss remarkable case studies, best practices and share better insights on the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration for the improvement of people's livelihoods, jobs creation and socio-economic development, together with the recovery of ecosystems functionalities, continuity and biodiversity.

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WRI Speakers

Andrew Steer, President and Chief Executive Officer
Session 4 - May 30, 2:00-2:30pm
Options for the future: Restoration and the sustainable management of ecosystems. Considering insights from science, new technologies and remarkable case studies, this presentation will give perspectives on how our societies can shape a sustainable future, limiting degradation, promoting efficiency in the use of natural resources, fostering clean technologies and restoring degraded ecosystems. A call for a change of paradigm?

Sean DeWitt, Senior Manager, Forest and Landscape Restoration
Friday, May 30 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Landscape Restoration - a Nature-Based Solution. This session will be dedicated to the landscape approach to restoration. Ecosystem-based restoration at a landscape scale aims to restore ecological integrity at the same time as improving human well-being through multi-functional landscapes. Landscape restoration significantly increases and maintains carbon stocks and results in healthy resilient ecosystems, which provide the multiple goods and services people need, maintain biodiversity and enhance ecological integrity. Restoring the world’s natural capital in this manner offers the potential to provide crucial goods and services on which mankind depends, such as water, timber, energy and biodiversity, while enhancing carbon uptake and increasing the resilience of forests and people to climate change.

This session will concentrate on specific themes, including:

  • Restoring for landscape resilience
  • The role of landscape restoration in the urban-rural interface
  • Landscape restoration and disaster risk reduction