RESTORE+: Addressing Landscape Restoration on Degraded Land in Indonesia and Brazil
As of: December 2019
Objective and activities
This project enhances land use planning capacity in relation to degraded and marginal lands in Indonesia and Brazil. The main focus of the project is in Indonesia where participatory crowdsourced mapping campaigns will be combined with land-use and supply chain modelling. The aim is to identify specific areas with scenarios for restoration and sustainable utilization and their implications on production, biodiversity, GHG emissions and social impacts (e.g. land tenure rights). In Brazil, we will enhance established land monitoring and modelling capabilities and support Brazil’s contribution to meeting the “Bonn Challenge”. We will identify degraded areas, assess restoration options and explore trade-offs associated with implementation of the Brazilian Forest Code. The project will develop online analytical and visualization tools for participatory land use governance and enable South-South cooperation between Indonesia and Brazil in land use monitoring, modelling and policy-making.
- REDD+ Policy Assessment Center (REDD-PAC)
State of implementation/results
- Halfway into the project, RESTORE+ partners and advisory board as well as national stakeholders from Brazil, government representatives from Indonesia, and representatives of the broader international restoration community met in Brazil for the RESTORE+ Midterm meeting. During the meeting, the consortium presented preliminary results in order to gather feedback to inform the second half of the project.
- RESTORE+ published a number of studies related to both focus countries, Indonesia and Brazil.
- Indonesia: RESTORE+ successfully launched its first two crowdsourcing/citizen science campaigns in April and August 2019, focusing on land cover analysis. The campaigns use a mobile application to allow contribution of the crowd to scientific assessment supporting policy making efforts. The platform “URUNDATA” (in English, ‘donate data’, www.urundata.id) is initiated by the RESTORE+ consortium partners in Indonesia, with a vision that it be a nationally owned, collaborative data collection platform. Since the launch of the first crowdsourcing campaign, hundreds of students in South Sumatra and East Kalimantan supported forest restoration through the data collection platform Urundata.
- In June 2019, the third RESTORE+ Newsletter informing about the campaign and other ongoing processes and events was sent to over 1000 subscribers.
- RESTORE+ contributes to land sector analysis in scenario assessments of the Low Carbon Development Indonesia (LCDI) initiative. Crowd-sourcing data have been used to produce land cover maps with an innovative algorithm-based method.