Forest landscape restoration and climate change

 

 

Restoration as a local solution with global benefits

Forest landscape restoration should be at the core of climate change strategies, Global Landscapes Forum hears.

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Landscape restoration has long been overshadowed by forest conservation when it comes to ecosystem-based strategies for tackling climate change.

But now scientists and climate strategists are calling for greater recognition of the contribution of landscape restoration to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

“Let’s stop calling them ‘co-benefits’,” said Stewart Maginnis, the Global Director of Nature-based Solutions with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). “They are real, tangible benefits.”

Maginnis was speaking at a panel of government representatives, advocates and scientists at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris on 5 December. Landscape restoration was one of the core themes at the Forum, which brought together 3,200 people from across sectors and regions to discuss the role of sustainable land use in achieving climate and development goals.

He referred to the Bonn Challenge, an ambitious goal set in 2011 to restore 150 million hectares of forest by 2020. If met, he said, those forests would pull a gigatonne of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year, in addition to boosting crop yields and protecting watershed worth billions of dollars.

Read the full article: Forests News

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.