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Assessing and capitalizing on the potential to enhance forest carbon sinks through forest landscape restoration while benefitting biodiversity

As of: May 2021

Restoring the 1 billion hectares of lost forests and degraded lands worldwide could sequester up to twice as much carbon as avoided deforestation. This project provided Mexico and Ghana with the analytical work, practical tools and methodologies and innovative and open platforms for assessing the restoration and climate change mitigation opportunity. This was used as a basis to support the participatory development of REDD+ strategies. The project secured the 'plus' in REDD+. Broad uptake of the approaches and outputs were secured by capacity building of institutions from additional countries which will in consequence be better placed to increase social, ecological and economic resilience.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • Assessment for Forest Landscape Restoration Potential conducted, including restoration potential and carbon sequestration potential maps for Mexico and Ghana
  • Working groups that consist of different stakeholders have been set up in order to define national criteria for implementing forest landscape restoration projects as part of REDD+.
  • The project approach has been communicated at high-level political events, including the Bonn Challenge 2011 and side events at COP 17 in 2011

Project data


Implementing organisation:
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - Switzerland

Political partner(s):
  • Corredor Biologico Mesoamericano Mexico - Mexico
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico
  • National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) - Mexico

Implementing partner(s):
  • Forestry Commission - Ghana
  • Forestry Commission - Ghana

BMU grant:
596.655,00 €

04/2011  till  06/2013

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