Join the launch of WRI’s new report Roots of Prosperity: The Economics and Finance of Restoring Land at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany.

There is a massive gap between the proven benefits of restoration and investment in it. Of the $128 billion in climate finance currently earmarked annually, less than 5 percent is for land-use, even less for restoration. That’s compared to research showing conservation and restoration could deliver 37 percent of emissions reductions needed by 2030. So why aren’t more climate funds, banks, governments and portfolios investing in it?

A new report from WRI provides seven key reasons why restoration investment isn’t as large as it should be and how to overcome them, drawing on examples from Costa Rica to Norway, and from Ethiopia to the U.S. With smart policies, innovative financing and new analysis of the benefits and costs of restoring land, we can turn the tide of investment in restoration.

Exchange ideas with thought-provoking speakers at the launch of Roots of Prosperity during which Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico, will discuss the report’s policy recommendations, and Naoko Ishii, CEO of the Global Environment Facility, will review financial solutions to close the funding gap.


H.E. President Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico

Naoko Ishii, CEO, Global Environment Facility

Dr. Tony Simons, Director General, World Agroforestry Centre

Dr. Andrew Steer, CEO, World Resources Institute