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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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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

Brazilian restoration experts visited China's Loess Plateau to learn about large-scale restoration.

China – Brazil exchange knowledge on restoration

Experts and leaders from two of the world’s biggest countries and emerging economies met in China last month to share knowledge on how restoration of degraded lands can be accomplished at large scale. …  

10 Nov 2014 | International news release

man holding allanblackia seedling

Allanblackia oil enters market in new margarine

After over a decade of research and work on the ground, Allanblackia oil has made its first introduction into the consumer market, and its success can benefit local communities, help restore degraded landscapes and conserve local biodiversity. …  

29 Oct 2014 | Article

Merab Matchavariani, National Forestry Consultant for FLEG II program in Georgia, at right, discusses forest management in the Tusheti Protected Landscape with a ranger from the Sachagmo gorge in Tusheti (at left) and the director of Tusheti Protected Landscape Administration (center).

Home at Last: Tusheti Protected Landscape Officially Under Local Control

For the first time since before the Soviet era, local officials can manage and protect the forest based on local needs …  

14 Oct 2014 | Article

Consultant M.S.Lazareva holds a hand-made wicker basket given to her by this couple in Belarus after she surveyed them for the forest dependency study. The forest provides this community with heating, mushrooms, berries and other forest products and is also a source of raw materials for making wicker and other goods, mainly for personal use.

Assessing Forest Dependency in Eastern Europe

In a land with communities as diverse as its politics and landscapes, survey attempts to quantify human dependency on forests 

09 Oct 2014 | Article

Conservation International offers some guidance how to incorporate. women's perspective into conservation planning. Here a women shares her view in a workshop in East Timor.

How To Incorporate Gender into Conservation

We've talked about why gender should be considered in natural resource management and nature conservation. Now we learn how. …  

15 Sep 2014 | Blogs

Trees dot a semi-arid landscape in a Burkina Faso's flat parklands.

The Mighty Shea: How women and men sculpt landscapes - and why this matters for restoration

The humble shea tree can teach us much about how men and women relate to land differently - and why this matters for restoration. A Gender and Restoration case study, from Burkina Faso. …  

20 Aug 2014 | Blogs

Lahij, Azerbaijan

Are Azerbaijan’s Ancient Forest Communities Ready for Climate Change?

The ancient language, streets, arts, and even sewers of this mountain village in northern Azerbaijan have withstood the test of time, but how ready is the village to adapt to a changing climate?  

20 Aug 2014 | Article

Gender and Restoration

Introducing On Gender and Restoration: A case study series

Planning landscape restoration often means evaluating forest health, water flows, or the availability of choice seedlings. It should also mean talking to women. …  

21 Jul 2014 | Blogs

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