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ITTP And IUFRO Release Learning Modules To Encourage Forest Landscape Restoration

Yokohama/Vienna, 17 November 2021: ITTO and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) have released a free series of learning modules for high-school and university students to guide further understanding on forest landscape restoration (FLR). FLR involves using holistic approaches to restore ecological functioning of degraded landscapes and simultaneously creating diverse, sustainable socio-economic benefits for […]

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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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Making the world a better place with forest landscape restoration

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) explains why restoring the world’s degraded forest landscapes is a must for human and planetary well-being.

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Mobilizing indigenous and local knowledge for successful restoration

Within global and national restoration agendas, modern science is viewed by influential actors as the foundation for addressing some of the world’s most pressing ecological challenges. Yet, integrated approaches are compromised by technocratic solutions and a lack of attention on different ways of knowing and valuing the world. The brief elaborates why and how when […]