Unlocking economic opportunities to scale Forest and Landscape Restoration in Brazil
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
Brazil is well-positioned to be a world leader in large-scale forest landscape restoration. The Brazilian government included a restoration target of 12 million ha by 2030 in its NDC, and has adopted the PROVEG policy to help facilitate the implementation of restoration. However, doubts remain on the benefits of restoration among various Brazilian stakeholders. This project aims to (1) equip policymakers, companies, landowners, NGOs and communities with strong data, evidence, guidelines of good restoration practices, and prioritisation maps for the Atlantic Rainforest and Amazon biomes, (2) prioritize three landscapes to assess for FLR opportunity and identify the most efficient and effective interventions available, (3) convene the range of stakeholders implementing FLR locally and define a common large-scale FLR action plan for each priority landscape, (4) create new financing mechanisms for FLR activities, and (5) deploy a monitoring system.
- 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: