WASHINGTON (March 1, 2022)—The latest IPCC report issued a call for massive investment in ecosystem-based adaptation. Planting the right trees in the right places can help restore degraded ecosystems and boost rural prosperity. But in many cases, it’s more cost-effective and ecologically sensitive to let native forests restore themselves – with a little human assistance. 

By embracing assisted natural regeneration (ANR) techniques, people can use their local knowledge of the land to remove barriers to the natural regrowth of trees. Leading communities in places like Brazil’s Atlantic Forest and Costa Rica’s Monte Alto Reserve have already harnessed nature’s power to accelerate the progress of restoration in an ecologically sensible and cost-effective way.

Despite ANR’s promise, important questions remain: What are the conditions that make ANR projects successful? How can governments and project developers embrace ANR to sequester more carbon and protect biodiversity? How can existing ANR efforts attract more funding and restore more land? A new report from WRI Brasil, launching on March 29, dives into these questions by pulling out the key lessons from decades of ANR experience.

Join WRI experts for an open conversation on turning ANR from a promising and underfunded concept into a powerful opportunity for rural communities, climate mitigation, and biodiversity. 

Register here: https://wri.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dY5i7NkCRZa9RatBIS7T7w 

Press call on the benefits and opportunities of assisted natural regeneration

Thursday, March 24 at 10:00 EDT / 11:00 BST / 15:00 CET


  • Craig Hanson, Vice President, Food, Forests, Water, and the Ocean, WRI
  • Fabiola Zerbini, Director, Forests, Land Use, and Agriculture, WRI Brasil
  • Robin Chazdon, Senior Advisor, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI
  • Mariana Oliveira, Project Coordinator, Forests Team, WRI Brasil
  • Salima Mahamoudou, Research Associate and West & Central Africa Lead, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI
  • Jared Messinger, Program Manager, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI
  • Will Anderson, Communications Manager, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI (moderator)

Register here

Questions? Reach out to Will Anderson (will.anderson@wri.org)