Monitoring of forest and landscape restoration at the national and local levels
As of: December 2019
Objective and activities
This project will create a urgently needed system for monitoring forest and landscape restoration (FLR) and the Bonn Challenge that: (1) uses higher resolution data than existing systems, (2) measures state (baseline) and change (monitoring), (3) uses biophysical indicators and socioeconomic indicators to determine benefits, and (4) creates a marketplace to connect investors with restoration activities. The project will start in Rwanda and El Salvador, at both the national and priority landscape scales. The project team will then replicate this pilot experience at the national scale in Kenya, Honduras and Nicaragua and will build on baseline data collected in project 12_III_049.
- 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 will held a launch event for the decade in early 2020 and has requested that WRI support a presentation about monitoring efforts in El Salvador.
- In March 2019, the WRI team hosted a working session with government officials in Honduras to set a baseline for landscape restauration in the country. The team discussed the potential use of the Landscape Sustainability Index and Collect Earth to track changes in the landscape and to monitor non-biophysical aspects of restoration. In May 2019, a follow-up meeting was hosted to map key actors for monitoring in the country and to develop a list of biophysical and socioeconomic indicators that can be incorporated into a monitoring system. The report from the meeting is available in Spanish here: onewri.sharepoint.com:b:/t/Projects/Restoration/EclB4dEVLN1OuqzE6VbPVF4BB_R5pgJ39UK8X9SdA6up_w?e=tTCke4
- The project team is currently building a pipeline of investment-ready projects to populate a “Marketplace Restauration platform”. User testing of the platform is conducted to ensure that the information gathered from project developers is useful to investors. Through the testing, WRI with support from “One Tree Planted” and “Ten Tree”, has connected implementers with over $1 million in investment.
- WRI is working with the Ministry of Environment of El Salvador to plan a pre-launch event for the Landscape Sustainability Index publication in Washington DC in November 2019.