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As of: September 2016

Carbon sequestration in forests through landscape restoration and conservation of biodiversity

Objective and activities

The project introduced elements of forest and landscape restoration into national carbon reduction strategies in Ghana and Mexico. As a first step, the project quantified the potential of activities in each country and analysed landscape restoration activities in terms of their relevance to biological diversity. The project used the knowledge gained in order to support participatory development of strategies for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). It shared its approaches and results with institutions from other countries. In addition, as part of the REDD+ discussion it sensitised decision-makers in the participating countries to the potentials and benefits of forest restoration.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • Assessment for Forest Landscape Restoration Potential conducted, including restoration potential and carbon sequestration potential maps for Mexico and Ghana
  • Working groups that consist of different stakeholders have been set up in order to define national criteria for implementing forest landscape restoration projects as part of REDD+.
  • The project approach has been communicated at high-level political events, including the Bonn Challenge 2011 and side events at COP 17 in 2011.

Project data

Global: Ghana, Mexico

Partner institution:

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity; Ghana: Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS), Forest Services Division, University of Ghana; Mexico: Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR), Secretaría de medio ambiente y recursos naturales (SEMARNAT)

Implementing organisation:

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

BMUB grant:
€ 596,655

04/2011 till 06/2013


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