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Unlocking economic opportunities to scale Forest and Landscape Restoration in Brazil

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

In the context of its NDC, the Brazilian government is seeking to restore around 12 million hectares of forest landscapes by 2030 – and it has developed the national restoration strategy PLANAVEG to this end. The project supports policy makers, industry, landowners, NGOs and communities with data and guidelines for FLR, as well as prioritisation maps for the Amazon region and the Atlantic rainforest. It has selected three areas in which the potential of FLR is investigated and effective measures are developed, has brought relevant stakeholders together, and has drawn up plans for the restoration of the three landscapes. To generate the necessary financial resources, the project has also developed new financing mechanisms and is setting up a monitoring system for FLR. The ultimate aim of the project is to inspire stakeholders in other Brazilian landscapes to use similar instruments and guidelines and drive the large-scale restoration of forest landscapes in Brazil.
Predecessor project(s)
Inspire, support, and mobilize forest and landscape restoration

State of implementation/results

  • WRI Brasil supported the organization of three events in each of the priority landscapes to discuss restoration governance and economic analysis with local representatives and partner organizations.
  • WRI Brasil, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact, and the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests, and Agriculture, promoted a workshop to convene the main experts and stakeholders working on monitoring restoration and to share methodologies and experiences to establish a baseline for a monitoring system in all Brazilian biomes. As a result of this workshop, a technical group was formed to develop a concept note and proposal to create and implement a national monitoring platform.
  • The Forestry State Institute (IEF), in partnership with WRI Brasil and The Nature Conservancy, promoted an event to advance discussions related to Forest Code implementation, with a specific focus on the Environmental Regularization Program (PRA, in Portuguese). The main objective was to advance discussions on the criteria needed to establish state-level indicators to measure and report restoration progress.
  • The compilation of information from restoration projects in the Atlantic Forest and Amazon biomes was done by the International Institute for Sustainability (IIS) and generated three journal articles:

    • Strassburg, Bernardo BN, et al. "Strategic approaches to restoring ecosystems can triple conservation gains and halve costs." Nature ecology & evolution 3.1 (2019): 62.
    • Santos, P. Z. F., Crouzeilles, R., & Sansevero, J. B. B. (2019). Can agroforestry systems enhance biodiversity and ecosystem service provision in agricultural landscapes? A meta-analysis for the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 433, 140-145.
    • Strassburg, B. B., Beyer, H. L., Crouzeilles, R., Iribarrem, A., Barros, F., de Siqueira, M. F., ... & Broadbent, E. N. (2019). Strategic approaches to restoring ecosystems can triple conservation gains and halve costs. Nature ecology & evolution, 3(1), 62.

  • To help increase public awareness on Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR), a program based on the study Strassburg et al (2019) was broadcasted in the main Brazilian TV channel (Globo). The video is available online:…
  • Project presentation at the "II Brazilian Conference on Ecological Restoration" in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, November 21-23, 2018

  • Project data


    Implementing organisation:
    World Resources Institute (WRI)

    Partner institution(s):
    • Brazilian Corporation of Agricultural Research, Brazilian Development Bank, Ministry of Environment - Brazil
    • International Institute for Sustainability - Brazil,The Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact,World Resources Institute (WRI)

    BMU grant:
    3.344.732,00 €

    07/2017  till  12/2020


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