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Global Landscapes Forum (GLFx) Lilongwe Chapter Launched

Restoring Malawi’s Degraded and Deforested Landscapes By Steve Makungwa, Japhet Mchakulu, Patricia Ngwale (abridged for IUFRO News 6, 2021) On 21 May 2021, a chapter of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLFx) was launched with a commitment to restoring 4.5 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands across Malawi by 2030. The launch was attended by […]

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6 guiding principles for successful restoration of tropical forest landscapes

Forest landscape restoration (FLR) has been hailed as one of the most critical and effective solutions to mitigate climate change. The need for such solutions is pressing: nearly a billion hectares of land, across the humid and semi-humid tropics alone, is degraded and requires urgent restoration. That’s why ITTO and its partners have issues guidelines, […]

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What the documentation of 1.8 billion trees in West Africa means for climate change adaptation

The NASA, the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, and other partners carried out a ground-breaking study. Their analysis, described as a proof-of-concept by Compton Tucker, senior biospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Center, found trees in increasing numbers in dryland and desert regions – areas, previously representing white spots on […]

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Restoration: a lifeline to the future we need

World Environment Day this year marks the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, an important moment to get people excited about restoration and to galvanize a new generation of activists who are passionate about protecting and restoring nature. We are at a critical moment in time: people are waking up — and stepping up — for nature […]

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4.06 billion remaining hectares, and other new numbers on forests… But what do they mean?

The world has 4.06 billion remaining hectares of forests, of which only about 1.11 billion hectares are primary forests, or native forests that remain largely undisturbed by humans. While the assessment presented in the new U.N. report is a lesson in not missing the forest for the trees, experts from the forestry research community highlight […]

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How to approach the great mission of forest landscape restoration – with evidence

Forest ecosystems make our planet livable, and yet 4.7 million hectares of forests – an area larger than Denmark – are lost every year.  Yet FLR implementation remains far below the level needed to address land degradation on a global scale. Manuel Guariguata, a restoration scientist with the global forestry research body CIFOR–ICRAF, discusses the […]

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Forest Landscape Restoration – Pathways to Achieving the SDGs

The inherent dynamic interconnections between the Earth’s land systems, climate and human societies mean that efforts to address land degradation and restore landscapes have multiplicative positive benefits. The social returns of taking action on restoration at a global level are estimated at US$ 5 for every $ 1 invested in restoring degraded land. These facts […]

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Nature-Based Solutions – How Restoration Can Support a Healthy Climate, Economy and Planet

On 29 April 2021, the GLF, the CPF and the GPFLR held a digital forum that served to promote an understanding of how restoration can help address pressing global challenges. Over 1,900 viewers from over 100 countries tuned into the forum, and reached an additional 2.2 million people through social media. This report consolidates the […]

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Restoration as an Economic Enterprise and Driver of Job Creation

More than USD 300 billion per year will be needed to restore the world’s degraded lands and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 15 by 2030. Public financing is likely to be inadequate, meaning substantial private investment is needed to support restoration activities on the ground. A crucial step is to identify and establish bankable or investable […]

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Capacity Building in Forest Landscape Restoration Implementation

Capacity Building in Forest Landscape Restoration Implementation: A key to successful restoration in Lilongwe, Malawi Dr. Steve Makungwa, Senior Lecturer at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and GLFx Lilongwe Chapter Lead highlights the importance of Capacity Building in Forest Landscape Restoration Implementation, such as the FLR mentorship program with IUFRO in Malawi, and […]