Lessons learnt from WWF forest landscape restoration initiatives

Posted on May, 27 2021

New report shows how forest restoration can benefit nature and people.
2021 marks the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. As the world loses 10 million hectares of forests every year, the role of forest landscape restoration (FLR) in this Decade is evident. Combined with protection, sustainable management and strategies to halt deforestation, FLR is critical to bending the curve on biodiversity loss, tackling climate change and improving human wellbeing.

Recognizing this important role, governments and corporations alike are stepping up their commitments to forest restoration and recognising the importance of forests in the landscape.

Lessons learned from experiences in implementing FLR and an understanding of both successes and failures is essential to help improve implementation of solutions. 

WWF's report, Twenty years later: Lessons learnt from seven forest landscape restoration initiatives worldwide, provides valuable insights on the trends, enabling conditions and factors that are critical to implementing FLR effectively. As we embark on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, this report synthesizes current knowledge and WWF's experience on the ground to help spur further momentum around FLR. 
The Copalita-Zimatan-Huatulco landscape, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Women-led cooperative in the Copalita-Zimatan-Huatulco landscape in Oaxaca, Mexico, practices agroforestry models, part of the forest and watershed restoration initiative in the region.
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