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Forests are under the spotlight as never before. They are globally important in regulating climate and locally important in sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity. But with unsustainable logging, and agriculture and biofuel producers competing for land, forests, and the people who depend on them, are under increasing pressure.

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Forest Landscape Restoration Forum kicks off in Washington

On Day 1 of the global forum, participants from around the world explore the potential environmental and societal benefits of forest landscape restoration, as well as IUCN and WRI’s recently released framework for assessing restoration opportunities.

By Maggie Roth, IUCN Global Gender Office 

22 Sep 2015 | Blogs

Guide to investing in locally controlled forests- Chinese version

Guide to investing in locally controlled forestry now available in Chinese

IUCN and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), in partnership with other leading forestry organizations, have just released the Chinese version of their popular guide on investing in locally controlled forests. …  

07 Sep 2015 | Article

IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng at the 6th Asia Regional Conservation Forum

IUCN President calls on countries for a renewed commitment to forests

In the UN Association-UK's recent ‪Climate2020‬ publication, IUCN President Xinsheng makes a strong case for forest conservation and restoration as a key part of the climate change solution.  …  

28 Aug 2015 | Article

Report: Challenges for pro-poor benefit sharing schemes in the implementation of REDD+ in Mexico

Lessons from Mexico: the challenges of equitable REDD+ benefit sharing

From vertical and horizontal distribution and carbon and non-carbon benefits to gender and rights-based considerations, this new report draws from wide-ranging stakeholder input to create a balanced outline of the many challenges and potential solutions to sharing the benefits of reducing deforestation and forest degradation.   …  

13 Aug 2015 | Article

man in courtroom looking shocked

Role Playing Brings Real Solutions

With a loud boom, the gavel came down and the defendant hung his head. From the moment the rangers in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park caught him illegally cutting firewood in the park, he had hoped some sort of procedural error would help him avoid punishment.  …  

06 Aug 2015 | Article

A burned forest can be a healthy one. A stand of ponderosa pine still smolders from a recent prescribed fire in central Oregon. The US Forest Service sets fires now to mimic natural conditions.

Forest landscape restoration is more than planting trees - three case studies from the United States

Three short stories of landscape restoration in the western United States show that restoration can mean a lot more than just planting trees. Sometimes it means cutting trees, setting fires, and unleashing destructive rodents. Perhaps we'd better explain. …  

24 Jun 2015 | Article

Forest and agricultural landscape, Western Province, Rwanda

How the private sector can fund forest landscape restoration - Opportunities in Rwanda and Kenya

Many countries around the world are beginning to restore degraded and deforested land. Nora Nelson, water resource specialist at Terra Global Capital, considers how the private sector can play a role in restoration, using examples from Rwanda and Kenya. …  

22 Jun 2015 | Blogs

A new report on synergies between climate mitigation and adaptation in forest landscape restoration.

Synergies between climate mitigation and adaptation in forest landscape restoration.

The two responses to climate change - mitigating emissions and adapting to impacts - are often pursued as separate actions. But some ecosystem-based responses, like forest landscape restoration, can serve as both mitigation and adaptation tools. A new report from IUCN examines where and how restoration can serve mitigation and adaptation goals across the world and in key countries. …  

17 Jun 2015 | International news release

A portion of Brazil's Atlantic forest degraded by agricultural use. In an on-going global analysis agriculture has been found to degrade forestland more severely than logging and, often, more than mining.

Predicting forest recovery from human disturbance

 How successfully can we restore the world’s degraded lands? A new global meta-analysis seeks to understand what determines forest landscape restoration success and recovery rates. …  

16 Jun 2015 | Blogs

Drones can help monitor forest restoration. Here a hexacopter flies over a restoration site. A red digital camera is visible between the landing bars.

Drones can help monitor forest restoration

Unmanned aerial vehicles could make monitoring restoration projects cheaper and easier. …  

12 Jun 2015 | Blogs


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