Cameron logging road

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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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

Elderly couple sitting together in an old home

Forest resources vital to many rural Eastern Europeans

First comparative study in northern boreal and temperate forests shows important role of declining forest resources 

21 Apr 2015 | Article

Man on bank of river pointing across river.

How to Translate REDD+ Benefit Sharing Practice into Policy

Ruth Metzel of The Forests Dialogue offers insights on seven needs for translating REDD+ benefit sharing practice into policy and how to fulfill them. …  

16 Apr 2015 | Blogs

Side by side satellite images showing new areas of lost forest cover in Armenia.

Not in Our Forest

ARMENIA – In Armenia, old-fashioned community engagement and modern satellite technology are putting illegal forest activities on the map, quite literally, and since January 2015, a new website has been exposing these once secret operations to the world.  …  

13 Apr 2015 | News story

Practitioners came together last month to share experiences on financing restoration. In Guatemala the sugar cane industry has financed restoration around productive fields to protect local water supplies.

South / Central America and Africa exchange knowledge on financing landscape restoration

A recent learning exchange in Guatemala sought to answer the question: how can we better finance large-scale landscape restoration? …  

02 Apr 2015 | International news release

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


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