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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 new economic framework released by IUCN and partners can aid decision-making for restoration.

IUCN Releases An Economic Framework for Analyzing Forest Landscape Restoration Decisions

We depend on land for everything essential: food, water, shelter. When land loses its function and productivity - how should we go about restoring it? Where do we start? How shall we pay for it? A new framework for decision-making helps answer these questions, using the simple but powerful lens of economic analysis.   …  

16 Jul 2014 | News story

The Chinese capital of Beijing is growing - and so is its demand for water. Forest landscape restoration can be part of the solution.

IUCN Project Examines Potential of Forest Restoration to Protect Beijing Water Supply

 With growing populations and expanding industries hard hit by climate change, China’s megacities are facing an unprecedented water crisis. IUCN and partners in China are examining how nature can be part of the solution. In at least one city, the municipality of Beijing, the restoration of forest landscapes has an important role to play. …  

02 Jul 2014 | News story

arborvitae Issue 45 - Forest Landscape Restoration: Potential and Impacts

arborvitae Issue 45 - Forest Landscape Restoration: Potential and Impacts

  • Global restoration of forest landscapes - where are the opportunities? What are the benefits?
  • Spotlight on the Bonn Challenge, the largest restoration inititative the world has ever seen.
  • "What forest restoration means to me" - Interviews with humanitarian Bianca Jagger, filmmaker John Liu and many more. 
  • Assessing restoration potential at the national and subnational level.
  • Mobilizing support for the global restoration movement.
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13 Jun 2014 | Downloads - publication

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Deadline Extended for Registration: International conference on large-scale ecosystem restoration and sustainable development

On May 29-30th, 2014, world decision-makers, scientists, practitioners and advocates will meet in Washington, DC, to discuss the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration to further global development goals and sustainable livelihoods. The deadline for registration has been extended - register now!   …  

15 May 2014 | Event

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park

IUCN condemns attack on Virunga’s Chief Warden

IUCN is deeply shocked by the news of the violent attack on Virunga National Park’s Chief Warden Emmanuel de Merode, which took place yesterday. …  

17 Apr 2014 | News story

Tusheti PAs

Final mile in historic handover of Georgian forest protection to local control

The first months of 2014 have seen IUCN and local authorities identify a new way forward to achieve a historic first for forest protection in Georgia: a total handover of forest to local control in the sublime landscape of Tusheti …  

16 Apr 2014 | Article

The reflection of the rainforest in the black waters of the Amazon, Brazil

The knowledge and skills needed to engage in REDD+: A competencies framework

From forest-dependent communities to government staff, many stakeholders are in need of comprehensive information to effectively engage in the design and implementation of REDD+ activities. Recognizing this need, members of the Alliance for Global REDD+ Capacity (AGRC) have created The knowledge and skills needed to engage in REDD+: a competencies framework, a single reference that enables readers to quickly understand key concepts, policy benchmarks, technical elements, skills, tools and resources for ten specific REDD+ themes. …  

08 Apr 2014 | Downloads - document

Armenian forest - circle of trees

Tracking illegal logging to ensure protection of Armenia’s forests

By creating a community monitoring system, and through proactive advocacy and education, Armenia’s state forestry agency show just how far things have changed since working with IUCN and partners. …  

02 Apr 2014 | Article

Introduction IUCN's Knowledge and Tools for Forest Landscape Restoration project

Introducing the Knowledge and Tools for Forest Landscape Restoration Project

 There are over 2 billion hectares of degraded and deforested lands across the world that could benefit from restoration.  While much is known about how and why we should restore these lost lands, before restoration can begin world leaders and landowners alike must first answer a multitude of challenging questions.  Who will pay the costs of restoration? Who will receive the manifold benefits?  How shall we start?  Where should we start? How to prepare for success?
 

24 Mar 2014 | Blogs

Government of Guatemala

Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible, says IUCN

The largest landscape restoration initiative in history gained further momentum today - the International Day of Forests - as IUCN and other partners provide the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration potential. 

21 Mar 2014 | International news release

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