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Research from WRI reveals the most impactful steps that President-elect Biden and the new Congress can take to harness the carbon-removing power of trees and forests in the United States. Taking these steps can turn bipartisan rhetoric supporting tree restoration into tangible action.

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A new report from World Resources Institute and the Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network (RAISG) reveals that mining operations in the Amazon basin now cover more than 20% of Indigenous lands, threatening hundreds of Indigenous communities and endangering critical ecosystems across 450,000 square kilometers.

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Un nuevo informe del World Resources Institute y la Red Amazónica de Información Socioambiental Georreferenciada (RAISG) revela que las operaciones mineras en la cuenca del Amazonas cubren ahora más del 20 % de los territorios indígenas, amenazando así a cientos de comunidades aborígenes y poniendo en peligro a ecosistemas críticos en una superficie de 450.000 kilómetros cuadrados.

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This new WRI report estimates that legal and illegal mining in the Amazon now cover more than 20% of Indigenous lands – over 450,000 square kilometers. It also finds that Indigenous lands with mining experienced higher incidences of tree cover loss than on those without – at least three times greater in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Yet national laws continue to favor companies over Indigenous communities, the study’s legal analysis reveals. It sheds light on this uneven playing field and offers recommendations for Amazonian governments and mining companies.

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The Sustainability Index for Landscape Restoration introduced in this report 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 that measure the health of a landscape. It also describes how these metrics have been used to convene dialogues among diverse stakeholders who must actively collaborate to restore the land.

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During the 2010s governments and companies set unprecedented commitments to curb deforestation, but have fallen short. As the 2020s begin, here's what has changed for forests and what to look for in an uncertain new era.

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