This year's New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) assessment shows that the world failed to halve deforestation by this year, and is severely off track to end deforestation by 2030. Efforts must be made to speed up progress in order to reach the 2030 goal.
Forest products are already a staple of Ethiopia's economy, adding more than $2.6 billion to Ethiopia’s GDP. Almost three-fourths of Ethiopia's land could benefit from more trees, offering a massive opportunity for Ethiopia's economic wellbeing.
With proper planning, government restoration pledges to the Bonn Challenge, Initiative 20x20, and AFR100 can turn into high-impact work. Although every landscape and country is different, these three steps to land restoration can help avoid pitfalls and accelerate success.
Historically, African restoration leaders are underrepresented in the restoration movement. New analysis found that moving the location of the Global Landscapes Forum resulted in more diversity online and in-person, creating a more inclusive event that emphasized on-the-ground perspectives.
In addition to the current health crisis, Colombia is facing simultaneous water and energy crises. Nature-based solutions that utilize forests can be a key part of creating sustainable water and energy systems in the long term.