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New report, Forests for the future

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) May 24, 2021 Posted in Essential Reading


A new report shares the key lessons learned for the successful implementation of large-scale Forest and Landscape Restoration projects to meet global biodiversity targets by 2030.

‘Forests for the Future – Restoration Success at Landscape Scale: What will it Take and What
Have we Learned?’ comes as the United Nations kicks off the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
which aims to meet the “Bonn Challenge” - a global target to bring 350 million hectares of
degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2030. Since the Challenge was set in 2011, 74
governments, private associations and companies have pledged more than 210 million hectares.

The report, published by the Prince Bernhard Chair for International Nature Conservation,
embedded within Utrecht University in the Netherlands and supported by WWF, showcases
insights from researchers and practitioners at the coalface of forest and ecosystem restoration
around the world on the greatest opportunities, as well as the most fundamental challenges, that
need to be addressed in the coming years.

In short:

  • The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration starts in June, aiming to restore 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2030
  • A new report, which is the culmination of work under the most recent Prince Bernhard Chair at Utrecht University, Professor Jaboury Ghazoul (2015-2020), showcases insights from researchers and practitioners at the coalface of forest and ecosystem restoration around the world.
  • They highlight some of the greatest opportunities and the greatest challenges that need to be addressed in the coming years if paper commitments are to be put into practice.
  • Building bridges between social and ecological goals helps to lay the foundations for restoration projects where both people and nature can thrive.
  • Good governance and legislation drive good outcomes and can make or break projects.
  • Implementing forest landscape restoration will require capacity-building among communities, land managers and governmental organizations.
  • Ambitious financing models will be crucial for restoration at scale.

Download here

This post was edited on May 24, 2021 by Deesha Chandra

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