Learn more about how El Salvador is working with WRI and partners to regenerate vital landscapes through using the Index for Landscape Restoration, and how this innovative methodology can be used by decision-makers across Latin America and the rest of the world. The study leading to the creation of the Index will be presented at the event.
Restoration is more complex than just planting trees. It requires that farmers, rural communities, businesses, and government agencies – all of which have different interests – unite behind a shared vision of how the land should be used. Establishing common goals and measuring progress facilitates deeper collaboration among these diverse actors. This, in turn, can improve strategies and implementation, helping to direct investments into activities that maximize results. The Sustainability Index for Landscape Restoration introduced in this presentation is a field-tested tool for measuring the impact of restoration efforts. It offers easy-to-use visual metrics to display biophysical and socioeconomic indicators to measure the health of a landscape. It describes how these metrics have been used to convene dialogues among diverse stakeholders who must actively collaborate to restore lands.
To test the methodology, the World Resources Institute worked with the Government of El Salvador, the Regional Program for Research on Development and Environment (PRISMA), and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), to create a Sustainability Index for Landscape Restoration in a diverse 1,200 square kilometer landscape. About 300,000 people live in this area, which includes the subtropical forests in El Imposible National Park, mangrove areas in Barra de Santiago, and Ilamatepec, a volcanic mountain range with diverse natural and agricultural areas.
Welcome and Introduction
Cynthia J. Arnson, Director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Fred Stolle, Deputy Director, Forests Program, WRI
The Sustainability Index for Landscape Restoration
René Zamora Cristales, Latin America Research Coordinator, Initiative 20x20, WRI
Nelson Cuéllar, Director, Fundación PRISMA
Jorge Quezada, Expert Advisor to the Minister's Cabinet, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador
Salvador Nieto, Executive Secretary, Central American Commission on Sustainable Development and Environment
Miguel Gallardo, Landscape Restoration National Director, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador
Doribel Herrador, Senior Researcher, PRISMA
Giovanni Molina, Manager of the Department of Geo-statistics, Risk Management and Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador
María Franco Chuaire, Regional Coordinator, South America, Initiative 20x20, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI