RESTORE+: Addressing Landscape Restoration on Degraded Land in Indonesia and Brazil
As of: January 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
- 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 CBD, which took place in Montreal, 25.-29.11.2019.
- RESTORE+ presented preliminary results and held a dedicated side event at the XXV IUFRO 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 www.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.
- Interim results and experiences of RESTORE+ activities 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. The RESTORE+ briefs give short overviews on what has been done so far in a specific field and first outcomes of this work. Further, in short videos statements, RESTORE+ Consortium members and stakeholders share their views and perspectives on challenges of restoration and the projects contribution to address those.
- All details on the publications and further information can be found on the project website: www.restoreplus.org