Restoring landscapes can bring economic, environmental, and social prosperity to people and the planet. In the Sidhi District of India’s Madhya Pradesh state, the opportunity is massive. By adapting the popular Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) to measure ecosystem services, livelihood benefits, land tenure, gender, and social inclusion and by mapping the social landscape, we uncovered that diverse potential.
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.
The purpose of this guide is to provide anyone actively restoring land with a comprehensive system to measure their progress based on choices and goals tailored to their needs.Developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WRI, It is designed to be a supportive starting point to help users focus on a specific landscape context, considering goals, constraints, priorities, targets, indicators, metrics, indexes, and data.
The annual economic benefits of restoring degraded and deforested land globally are an estimated $84 billion.
Installment 10 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future proposes a definition for lands with low environmental opportunity cost. From there, it offers recommendations for how new cropland expansion can be directed toward these low opportunity cost lands.
This infographic is based on data from our Initiative 20x20 project.
Nature provides the conditions for a healthy, secure, and fulfilling existence. Among the many benefits people receive from nature are fresh water, food, protection from floods, and spiritual enrichment.
The PAGE reports analyze quantitative and qualitative information and develops indicators of the condition of the world's freshwater, coastal, forests, grassland and agroecosystems.