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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

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

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