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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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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

Filming landscapes of the Guayllabamba basin, Ecuador

Global Landscapes Forum to focus on restoration

The 2015 Global Landscapes Forum, on the sidelines of the 21st Conference of the Parties UNFCCC in Paris, will focus on landscape restoration as one of its key themes. IUCN, now an implementing partner of this leading world conference on land use issues, celebrates the new attention to restoration and anticipates the innovation this will foster. …  

08 Jun 2015 | International news release

KPK Launches Billion-tree Drive – A Contribution to Global Forestation Campaign

Government of Khyber Pakthunkhwa in collaboration with IUCN launched its billion-tree campaign as a contribution to the global Bonn Challenge on occasion the World Environment Day today, Islamabad. The Bonn Challenge was established at a ministerial roundtable in September 2011, at the invitation of the German Government and IUCN. It calls for the restoration of 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020.The KPK government had especially invited the IUCN President, Mr. Xinsheng Zhang to the inaugural ceremony.  …  

05 Jun 2015 | International news release

A nursery grows native seedling to support the restoration of the Atlantic Forest in the south of Brazil. Nurseries like this one, produced by smallholder farmers in partnership with the Associação Mico Leão Dourado, help lower the costs of restoration.

Lowering the costs of restoration – creating supply chains for people and forests

The costs of implementing forest landscape restoration are notoriously site specific. Sometimes they can be quite high. What determines these costs? Are there easy ways to make restoration cheaper? …  

05 Jun 2015 | Blogs

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arborvitae Issue 46 - REDD+ from Negotiations to Action

  • UNFCCC: The road to Paris COP 21 and updates from Lima COP 20
  • Using REDD+ to meet national objectives in West and Central Africa
  • REDD+ and forest landscape restoration
  • A human rights-based approach to REDD+
  • Emmanuel Nuesiri relates a cautionary tale about REDD+ consultations in Nigeria 
  • Insights on national action in Guatemala, Uganda, Papua Province and Ghana
  • Claudio Schneider discusses progress in international climate and REDD+ negotiations
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20 May 2015 | Downloads - publication

deforested landscape in Azerbaijan

Ready or not, climate change will have serious impacts on forest communities in Azerbaijan

 The impacts of climate change on Azerbaijan’s forests and forest communities could be severe, and the country has much to do to prepare for it, according to a new study released this spring by the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Program (FLEG II). While the results might seem daunting, just having them in hand puts Azerbaijan ahead of many other countries in efforts to combat climate change and prepare its forests and communities to adapt to its impacts.  …  

29 Apr 2015 | Article

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