Sharing the Land: Restoring Degraded Ecosystems and Improving Livelihoods Through Agroforestry

Authors: Marion Davis, of the Stockholm Environment Institute, and Matilda Palm, of the Forest, Climate & Livelihood Research Network (Focali) and Chalmers University of Technology.

This brief examines how agroforestry approaches – growing trees with crops, and sometimes with animals – can advance land restoration and conservation while also strengthening livelihoods

Manual de restauración ecológica campesina para la Selva Lacandona

Authors: D. David, B.G. Ferguson

This Spanish manual is the result of several years of research on ecological restoration in Selva Lacandona, Mexico. It is a useful guide for both farmers and technicians involved in ecological restoration in rural areas.

Desertification The Invisible Frontline


A new publication by the UNCCD examines desertification as a cause of global conflict and instability and calls for urgent action to support communities in crisis.

On the Road to the Bonn Challenge

By the GPFLR

Two years into the Bonn Challenge, the world is well on its way to achieving the goal of restoring 150 million hectares of the planet’s degraded and deforested lands.

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Blog: Saving the Trees for the Forest: Towards Landscape Restoration

By Margie Miller, EcoAgriculture Partners

Trees do it all – from slowing climate change and improving water quality to producing food and enhancing human health. Unfortunately, the number of trees available to perform these services has dramatically decreased over the last several centuries, as twenty percent of global forest cover has been degraded and thirty percent cleared. I learned these facts at The Power of Landscape Restoration

Global Forest Change map

Published by Hansen, Potapov, Moore, Hancher et al.

Results from time-series analysis of 654,178 Landsat images in characterizing forest extent and change, 2000–2012.

Ten principles for a landscape approach to reconciling agriculture, conservation, and other competing land uses

Authors: Sayer. J et al, 2013

Landscape approaches” seek to provide tools and concepts for allocating and managing land to achieve social, economic, and environmental objectives in areas where agriculture, mining, and other productive land uses compete with environmental and biodiversity goals. Here we synthesize the current consensus on landscape approaches.

The Bonn Challenge

Authors: GPFLR

At the invitation of the German Government and IUCN, the Bonn Challenge was established at a ministerial roundtable in September 2011 – it calls for restoration of 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020.

The Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR)

Authors: GPFLR

This key document of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration presents the goal of the partnership and the need for restoration of forests and landscapes.

Assessing national potential for landscape restoration. A Briefing Note for Decision-Makers

Authors: GPFLR

This briefing note adresses the worldwide opportunities for forest and landscape restoration. The GPFLR and its partners are developing a methodology and tools to help you identify where degraded lands are located in your country, estimate their extent, and what benefits their restoration could bring, to whom, and at what cost. Two pilot experiences in Ghana and Mexico are presented.