Monitoring of forest and landscape restoration at national and local levels
As of: March 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.
Inspire, support, and mobilize forest and landscape restoration
Assessing and capitalizing on the potential to enhance forest carbon sinks through forest landscape restoration while benefitting biodiversity
State of implementation/results
- On 1 March 2019, the UN General Assembly adopted El Salvador's proposal to declare 2021-2030 the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The country held a launch event for the decade in early 2020 and has requested that WRI supports a presentation about monitoring efforts in El Salvador.
- In 2019, the WRI team hosted two working sessions with government officials in Honduras to set a baseline for landscape restauration in the country and to develop a list of biophysical and socioeconomic indicators that can be incorporated into a monitoring system.
- On 29 January 2020, WRI hosted an event in Washington DC entitled “Healthy Landscapes for Prosperity: Land Restoration in El Salvador” which focused on the development of the Landscape Sustainability Index. The Initiative "20x20 Task Force on Restoration Monitoring", with support from GIZ, is planning to use the Landscape Sustainability Index as an input for a catalogue of tools it is creating to measure the impacts of ecosystem services in various landscapes in Central America.
- On 18 June 2020, the project team publicly launched a beta version of its “restoration marketplace,” TerraMatch. The platform matches financiers with project developers stewarding forest and landscape restoration activities, such as tree-planting initiatives. 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/…).
- 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 to plant trees the right way. The blog highlights the work of NGOs AIDER in Peru and ARCOS in Rwanda and 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/… Together, the organizations have empowered a network of women-led coops to plant over 42,000 trees in Rwanda.