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Roots of Prosperity: The Economics and Finance of Restoring Land

Authors: Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Andrew Wu, Juan-Carlos Altamirano, Andrés Anchondo Ortega, René Zamora Cristales, Robin Chazdon, Walter Vergara and Michael Verdone

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the benefits and costs of restoring forests and landscapes in countries around the world, demonstrating how smart policies and innovative financing can help governments meet their restoration targets. The authors find that finance, both public and private, for restoration is inadequate for seven reasons, and offers solutions to these financial barriers.

The publication also outlines the main steps involved in carrying out economic analyses, bringing to light the full value of ecosystem services and social benefits as well as the costs of degradation. These insights can help governments to develop policy instruments and financing mechanisms that promote restoration on the ground. They can also help stakeholders incorporate environmental and social benefits into financing decisions.

This report is a publication of the World Resources Institute, authored by Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Andrew Wu, Juan-Carlos Altamirano, Andrés Anchondo Ortega, René Zamora Cristales, Robin Chazdon, Walter Vergara and Michael Verdone - December 2017.

In relation to this report the WRI issued a press release titled "WRI Report: Governments Can Unlock Billions in Finance to Restore Lands and Livelihoods" exploring how the massive gap in finance for restoration can be overcome with smart policies and innovative investments. You can find a link to the report and to the press release on the right side of this page.