On March 1, 2019, the UN General Assembly declared 2021- 2030 the “UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.” The intent is to scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a means to protect biodiversity and tackle climate change through carbon sequestration. In order to make restoration commitments a reality, various actors will need a clear understanding of the costs and benefits of different restoration models, as well as the ability to identify key partners working in the field at a national level.
In partnership with Conservation International, CSF-Brazil developed a restoration reference tool, to provide key information on the costs and benefits of successful ecosystem restoration projects in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Peru.
Specifically, the tool includes information about:
- Organizations engaged in restoration work in each country, including themes and geographies;
- Local producers that have demonstrated success in one or more of 5 restoration pathways: natural regeneration, seed dispersal, agroforestry, planted forests, silvopasture;
- Interviews with selected local producers in order to understand and quantify the costs and benefits of their restoration projects;
- Specific institutional structures that have impacted the success and/or failure of these restoration initiatives.
This work followed a similar feasibility study of economically promising forest-restoration business models for private investment in southern Amazonas state that CSF-Brazil completed earlier in 2019, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Brazil).
We hope to expand the reference tool to include information to additional countries. The ultimate goal of this project is to support the implementation of cost-effective restoration initiatives worldwide by providing reliable and easily accessible information.
Photo: Forest in Sintang, Indonesia
Photo Credit: Conservation Strategy Fund