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How to Translate REDD+ Benefit Sharing Practice into Policy

Ruth Metzel of The Forests Dialogue offers insights on seven needs for translating REDD+ benefit sharing practice into policy and how to fulfill them. …  

16 Apr 2015 | Blogs

Side by side satellite images showing new areas of lost forest cover in Armenia.

Not in Our Forest

ARMENIA – In Armenia, old-fashioned community engagement and modern satellite technology are putting illegal forest activities on the map, quite literally, and since January 2015, a new website has been exposing these once secret operations to the world.  …  

13 Apr 2015 | News story

Practitioners came together last month to share experiences on financing restoration. In Guatemala the sugar cane industry has financed restoration around productive fields to protect local water supplies.

South / Central America and Africa exchange knowledge on financing landscape restoration

A recent learning exchange in Guatemala sought to answer the question: how can we better finance large-scale landscape restoration? …  

02 Apr 2015 | International news release

Natural resource investors should be interested in restoration, says investment consultant Demmy Adesina. "It’s just a question of - how do you link a particular restoration activity to a return on investment?"

Motivating private investment in restoration

Though restoration of degraded land creates natural goods and services, like timber and clean water, the private sector has been slow to view restoration as an investable activity. We spoke with investment consultant Ademola “Demmy” Adesina on how the private sector can be motivated to join the global restoration movement. …  

01 Apr 2015 | Blogs

How can we achieve large-scale investment in natural infrastructure, like restored forest landscapes, to help meet the water needs of people and the planet?

Three ways to increase investment in natural infrastructure, at home and around the world.

New lessons and thoughts on ways to achieve scale in natural infrastructure investments around the world were shared last month at a panel discussion on National Infrastructure for Improved Water Supplies at the 2014 ACES (A Community on Ecosystem Services) conference on Ecosystem Markets in Washington, DC. Here is a short summary of the presentations and the discussion that followed. …  

17 Mar 2015 | Blogs

Forest landscape restoration does not call for increasing tree cover beyond what would be ecologically appropriate for a particular location.

Demystifying the World's Forest Landscape Restoration Opportunities

A global movement to restore deforested and degraded forest landscapes is emerging. What should forest landscape restoration achieve? And where should it occur? …  

13 Mar 2015 | Article

A mighty shea tree stands at the heart of a village in Burkina Faso, casting shade and growing fruit.

Call for papers on: Enhancing food security through forest landscape restoration

Forest landscape restoration can dramatically improve food security in rural areas - but we need more evidence to understand how best this works, and where. We are calling for new research papers linking landscape restoration to food security.  …  

20 Feb 2015 | International news release

A study plot awaits restoration in Costa Rica

The (Forest) Island Effect

Could planting trees in islands, rather than in rows, improve the rate of tropical forest recovery? …  

21 Jan 2015 | Blogs

Mangrove restoration in Sri Lanka

Lima COP: Special session on Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Forest Landscape Restoration

Please join IUCN's Global Forest and Climate Change Programme on December 4th at COP 20's Mountain & Water Pavilion in Lima for a special session on exploring the synergies between climate mitigation and adaptation in Forest Landscape Restoration. …  

01 Dec 2014 | Event

Fishing boats on Chira Island, Costa Rica.

Women Create Hope in a Degraded Mangrove

Real change often requires high-level planning and support. But sometimes all it takes is determination at the community level. On Costa Rica’s Chira Island, the hard work of women's collectives has resulted in the restoration and preservation of vital mangrove forests. …  

12 Nov 2014 | Blogs


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