RESTORE+: Addressing Landscape Restoration on Degraded Land in Indonesia and Brazil
As of: April 2021
The project supports sustainable land use planning in the degraded landscapes of partner countries. In Indonesia, it combines mapping campaigns (implemented by the local population) with land use and supply chain modelling. In this way, the project identifies areas that are suitable for restoration and sustainable use. It also analyses the effects on production, biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions and society. In Brazil, the project supports existing technologies for land monitoring & modelling and the implementation of the Bonn Challenge. It also contributed to the development of the ERPD (Emission Reductions Program Document), which was submitted to the FCPF for the South Cameroon REDD+ programme. The project strengthens the South-South cooperation of the countries in terms of modelling, policy making and the monitoring of land use and degradation. The tools support the certification and transparency of sustainably oriented supply chains.
State of implementation/results
- In the course of the first project years, RESTORE+ gained valuable insight in the complexity of assessing restoration potential and enhancing land use planning capacity.
- With its approach, the project addresses the two fundamental questions of how restoration can be on the one side inclusive to the heterogeneity of landscape degradation and restoration potential, and on the other side consider site-specific socio-ecological restoration objectives.
- Approaches and early results from the RESTORE+ project were presented during a side event at the 23rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which took place in Montreal, 25.-29.11.2019.
- RESTORE+ presented preliminary results and held a dedicated side event at the XXV IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) World Congress in Curitiba, Brazil on 02.10.2019. The side event addressed the issue “Tropical Restoration - Can we have it all? Trade-offs between production, climate change mitigation and biodiversity”.
- Results of RESTORE+ activities in the Congo Basin were published in a paper in the Forests journal in 12/2019. The paper “Determining a Carbon Reference Level for a High-Forest-Low-Deforestation Country” presents the establishment of a forest reference emissions level (FREL/FRL) for southern Cameroon adjusted to societal megatrends of strong population- and economic growth combined with rapid urbanization. It outlines pathways to further improve the quality of future FREL/FRL’s considering possibly accessing performance-based payments.
- On 26.11.2019, RESTORE+ launched a national campaign in Jakarta, to identify landscape restoration potential by using the tailor-made crowdsourcing platform Urundata (accessible from urundata.id) built by the project consortium.
- Since successfully launching the first campaign, more than 1000 active contributors and universities across the country participated in the activities, which resulted in more than 4 million interpretations of high-resolution satellite images that will be used for mapping Indonesia’s restoration potential.
- Since June 2020, RESTORE+ consortium has been developing the mini-program called Jelantara in the Urundata mobile application. To complement crowdsourcing visual interpretation, the mini-program allows field data collection to inform mapping processes. In November 2020, the Jelantara field campaign was launched in South Sumatra Province/Indonesia. This campaign aims to collect field information, land use history and other socio-economic characteristics in potentially degraded locations.
- In Brazil, first preliminary assessments of the impact of native vegetation restoration strategies on biodiversity and carbon stocks were started and new estimates for Brazil’s land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) carbon emissions in 2025 and 2030 are derived.
- Amongst the articles within the framework of the project, a new paper on “The impact of climate change on Brazil's agriculture” (May 2020) published insights about projections of climate change impacts on main Brazilian agricultural commodities, integrating land-use competition, biophysical and economic aspects. Central findings are the expected displacement of soybean and corn production toward subtropical regions of Brazil.
- Another paper on “The economic value of tropical forests in meeting global climate stabilization goals” (November 2020) discusses how tropical forest protection can ‘flatten the curve’ of the costs of transition to climate stability.
- First findings explaining the innovative approaches applied to this end, interim results and experiences of RESTORE+ activities gained in all countries are now accessible to the broader interested public. The dedicated RESTORE+ mid-term update website (www.restoreplus.org/…) gives an overview in various levels of detail. The mid-term report provides background information, elaborates the methods applied and presents first results and insights gained through the stakeholder engagement. The RESTORE+ briefs give short overviews on what has been done so far in a specific field and first outcomes of this work. In short video statements, RESTORE+ Consortium members and stakeholders share their views and perspectives on challenges of restoration and the project’s contribution to address those.
- The September 2020 Newsletter informed the interested public about these new project updates.
- All details on the publications and further information can be found on the project website: www.restoreplus.org