The United States wants to join the global initiative to plant 1 trillion trees. Here's how the U.S. government can do its part to make this a reality.
Whether you're planting one tree or one trillion, it helps to pick the right species for the right location, monitor its growth and understand the social landscape.
Countries that rely on agricultural exports need to start thinking now about how they can protect that trade by boosting agricultural resilience to climate impacts.
This working paper is a contribution to the FOLU 2019 report, Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use. The paper answers four questions:
- Why are forests critical to economic development and human well-being?
- What public sector measures could conserve and restore forests?
- Why haven’t these public measures sufficiently worked at scale yet?
- How can one overcome the economic and political economy barriers to these measures?
Forests help stabilize the climate and generate income, food and energy. We have plenty of evidence about what works to conserve and restore them. So why haven’t such measures been adopted at scale?
Entrepreneurs across Africa are growing businesses that revitalize degraded land and fight climate change, while turning a profit and creating jobs. Investors and lawmakers should pay attention.
Gender, social network analysis and native trees: All these combine to offer hope and transformation to a rural community in the Brazilian state of Para, where slash-and-burn monoculture has left forests blackened and nutrition sparse.
Southeast Asia's Mekong region has lost much of its forests. A new satellite imagery technique reveals countries like Thailand are reversing the trend, not just in forests but on farms and villages too.
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 Land Accelerator returns to Nairobi! This is the world’s first startup bootcamp for entrepreneurs in sustainable agriculture and forestry. The 15 startups were chosen from 335 applicants and represent 9 African countries. At this Demo Day event, the entrepreneurs will make brief pitches about their companies and will be available to answer questions.
Salvador and São Paulo are two very different cities. But they are connected by the Atlantic Forest—Brazil's other rainforest, a crucial but compromised ecosystem that both cities are working to protect.
On the edges of Tambopata National Reserve, one project shows how agroforestry can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost local economies.
Initiative 20x20 aims to restore 20 million hectares (49 million acres) of degraded land in Latin America. In this conversation with WRI Senior Fellow Walter Vergara and Etienne Demarais, CEO of URAPI Sustainable Land Use, we hear how they plan to get there.
African entrepreneurs are developing innovative solutions to address development issues in a climate challenged world. At this World Bank Civil Society Forum side event, WRI, the Wallace Global Fund and DOEN Foundation bring together a panel of experts to discuss the challenges faced by these entrepreneurs and the ecosystem changes that must take place to create change at scale.
For the cash-strapped government of Rio de Janeiro, restoring forests around the city is a smart investment. New research shows that forests can provide Rio with better water quality at lower cost.
How can we feed the world without destroying it? On a press call November 29, experts will preview the findings of a new WRI report on the future of food and agriculture.
In two of Indonesia's prized parks, forest restoration only took off when drivers of degradation were addressed. In one instance, that meant providing affordable health care.
The Forest Resilience Bond, backed by several foundations, an investment company and even an insurer, provides an innovative way to bring down costs to utilities and other stakeholders.
Social network analysis has been used in fields as diverse as epidemiology and counterterrorism. Now, WRI experts have devised a guidebook for applying social network analysis to environmental interventions and sustainable development.
We need to accelerate our climate action. Virtuous cycles between levels of government are already speeding the pace of progress and innovation.