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Monitoring of forest and landscape restoration at national and local levels

As of: June 2021

The loss of forests and landscapes is progressing inexorably all over the world. The international Bonn Challenge initiative aims to counteract this through restoration measures. The project develops a monitoring system for these measures within the framework of the Bonn Challenge and makes it available to stakeholders. The system for monitoring forest and landscape restoration, designed to be cost-effective and easy to use, is first adapted to the conditions in individual partner countries, which then use it independently. The project work encompasses the development of the monitoring system and piloting in Rwanda, Kenya, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. An upscaling strategy is also being developed. Key stakeholders at local and national government levels, investors, private enterprises, the research community, non-governmental organisations and other civil society groups all benefit from the results of the project.
Predecessor project(s)
Assessing and capitalizing on the potential to enhance forest carbon sinks through forest landscape restoration while benefitting biodiversity

State of implementation/results

  • IUCN, as implementing partner, developed an e-course for future forest landscape restoration stock taking processes (elearning.easygenerator.com/…).
  • On February 9, 2021, the project, in collaboration with FAO, hosted a webinar entitled “Mapping Together: How Local Leaders Use Collect Earth to Monitor Restoration” (youtu.be/…). The event coincided with the release of a new guidebook that outlines how to facilitate Collect Earth mapathons to monitor tree-based restoration (www.wri.org/…). A blog is summarizing the main points of the guidebook (www.wri.org/…).
  • Building on the Road to Restoration Guidebook, the project is designing a web application to support the design of own FLR monitoring systems. The tool is currently in beta testing and can be accessed here: restoration-projects-tool.vielca-ingenieros.com/…
  • During a workshop held in December 2020, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua developed roadmaps to design and build FLR monitoring systems: onewri.sharepoint.com:f:/t/Projects/Restoration/EkMfFjUhVLpOgX_OlFrxC-4BrqiIqv-_St2isd9ZINx4Bw?e=9ooU3X
  • The project has developed a simulator tool for the Landscape Sustainability Index. The tool is freely accessible for restoration practitioners interested in exploring the Index or developing their own version to measure the impacts of their restoration efforts: simulador-isr.vielca-ingenieros.com/…
  • On 18 June 2020, the project team publicly launched a beta version of its “restoration marketplace,” TerraMatch, which matches financiers with project developers stewarding forest and landscape restoration activities. During initial user testing, WRI, with support from One Tree Planted and TenTree, connected project implementers with over $2 million in investment (wriorg.s3.amazonaws.com/…). Since the launch of the platform, One Tree Planted has dispersed an additional $5 million to projects on TerraMatch.
  • Coinciding with the launch of TerraMatch.org, the project team released a blog outlining how large corporations committed to financing large-scale tree planting initiatives, such as the Trillion Trees Campaign, can connect with grassroots organizations. The blog is available here: www.wri.org/… More details about WRI and partner organization One Tree Planted’s work with ARCOS can be found in this video: youtu.be/…

Project data

Country:
El Salvador, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, Rwanda

Implementing organisation:
World Resources Institute (WRI)

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mining in Honduras
  • Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEW&NR) - Kenya*
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) - El Salvador
  • Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA) - Rwanda
  • Presidency of the Republic of Nicaragua (Presidencia da la Republica de Nicaragua)

Implementing partner(s):
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office
  • PRISMA Foundation (Salvadoran Research Program on Development and Environment)

BMU grant:
4.482.648,00 €

Duration:
05/2017  till  12/2020




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