Restoring Forests and Landscapes: The key to a sustainable future

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August 2018
International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

Investing in restoration brings many economic benefits, both direct and indirect. For example, restoration creates jobs on the land and in tree nurseries; farms and timber industries can enjoy higher and more sustainable yields; and the costs of repairing flood damage to infrastructure, dredging lakes and rivers to remove silt, and of filtering drinking water are avoided. By one estimate, restoring 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands around the world would create up to $9 trillion in net benefits. 

Restoring Forests and Landscapes: The key to sustainable future showcases the success of large-scale landscape restoration initiatives, chronicling the results of long-term and large-scale research and outlining several case studies in forest and landscape restoration. It provides facts, figures and key message to encourage more investments in forest and landscape restoration, and demonstrates ways to achieve the 2020 and 2030 targets as well as how different organizations can best collaborate using regional and global platforms to accelerate the restoration process. 

Forestry, Water