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7th World Conference on Ecological Restoration

The theme for this year is “Linking Science and Practice for a Better World”.

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) holds its 7th World Conference on Ecological Restoration (SER2017) in Foz do Iguassu, Brazil. As a unique opportunity for individuals around the world, the conference seeks to provide a dynamic and engaging platform for knowledge sharing among the many actors involved in restoration — from researchers, practitioners and policymakers to artists, educators, students and community leaders. The SER2017 is expected to draw more than 1,500 delegates embodying the great professional and cultural diversity of the hosting organizations and representing all stakeholders in the restoration enterprise.

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) has partnered with the Sociedade Brasileira de Restauração Ecológica (SOBRE) and the Sociedad Ibero-Americana y del Caribe de Restauración Ecológica (SIACRE). SER2017 also hosts the 5th Ibero-American & Caribbean Conference on Ecological Restoration and the 1st Brazilian Conference on Ecological Restoration.

WRI Brasil is among the sponsors of the biennial conference on ecological restoration. Our staff will participate in the following events (the complete program can be found here):


TRAINING COURSE | Getting Started on ROAM: Better information for decision making on landscape restoration

When: Saturday, August 26, 09:00 BRT to Sunday, August 27, 15:00 BRT

Where: Conference Hall

Description: This training course will introduce basic steps and tools of the Restoration Opportunity Assessment Methodology (ROAM). Global analysis has found more than two billion hectares of land that could benefit from restoration. What do these opportunities look like at the landscape level? Where should countries, organizations, and individuals interested in restoration begin?

WRI Staff: Aurelio Padovezi and Mariana Oliveira


Natural Regeneration to Leverage Large-Scale Tropical Forest Restoration: State of the Art and Research Gaps

When: Monday, August 28, 16:00 – 16:20 BRT

Where: Room – Vivace 2

Description: This session will review current knowledge regarding how tropical forests regenerate and how successional changes in biomass and species composition are affected by climate - prior land use - and landscape conditions and discuss research challenges and knowledge gaps that stand in the way of implementing natural regeneration at large scales. Leveraging the capacity for natural regeneration is a key approach for achieving forest restoration at large scales within the context of forest landscape restoration. Harnessing the potential for spontaneous and assisted natural regeneration can greatly reduce the costs of large-scale restoration while offering multiple benefits to diverse stakeholder groups.

WRI Staff: Robin Lee Chazdon


Knowledge-Sharing for Landscape Restoration in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil

When: Monday, August 28, 17:00 – 17:20 BRT

Where: Room – Vivace 1

Description: This session will present the Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact (PACTO) efforts to implement its large-scale restoration program in Brazil. The program is considered one of the most innovative and ambitious in the world. PACTO’s goal set by its members is to restore 15 million hectares of degraded lands and forests by 2050. The large-scale restoration program has its roots in 2014, when fifteen Brazilian restoration leaders visited restoration and reforestation initiatives implemented in China. The learning exchange opened several opportunities for future collaboration in the areas of watershed restoration, natural infrastructure, agroforestry systems, restoration economy, and soil microbiology.

WRI Staff: Miguel Calmon


The Contribution of Initiative 20x20, a Country-Led Platform to the Restoration Field in Latin America

When: Monday, August 28, 17:20 – 17:40 BRT

Where: Room – Salão Cantata

WRI Staff: Walter Vergara


Initiative 20x20: A Country-Led Platform to Restore 20 Million Hectares of Degraded Land in Latin America

When: Tuesday, August 29, 13:50 – 14:10 BRT

Where: Room – Ária

WRI Staff: Walter Vergara


Restoration Opportunities Assessment in the South Paraíba watershed, São Paulo State, Brazil

When: Tuesday, August 29, 16:00-16:20 BRT

Where: Room – Presto

Description: This session will share the final results and the estimated costs of introducing a Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) program in the Paraiba do Sul River Valley. The Restoration Opportunity Assessment Methodology (ROAM) started to be applied in the region in December 2015 to identify restoration opportunities and to leverage the FLR program.

WRI Staff: Aurelio Padovezi


Big Practice: Who's Going to Pay for Restoration?

When: Tuesday, August 29, 16:20 – 16:40 BRT

Where: Room – Vivace 1

WRI Staff: Sofia Faruqi


An unique opportunity to implement restoration at large scale and address global, national, and local challenges

When: Thursday, August 31, 08:00 – 08:20 BRT

Where: Room – Sonata 1+2

Description: This session will debate the relevance of national and global large-scale forest landscape restoration opportunities to address some of the most pressing global, national and local challenges, such as climate change, poverty alleviation, biodiversity conservation, food and water security. During the meeting, it will be presented examples to demonstrate progress towards the implementation of those commitments, such as Initiative 20x20 in Latin America, and the benefits being generated.

WRI Staff: Miguel Calmon


Workshop | Beyond Timber: Driving Restoration through the Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) Market

When: Thursday, August 31, 10:00 – 12:00 BRT

Where: Room – Prelúdio

WRI Staff: Sofia Faruqi and Andrew Wu


Natural Infrastructure for water in Brazil: how restoration can improve water quality

When: Thursday, August 31, 11:00 – 11:20 BRT

Where: Room – Adagio 1

Description: This session will demonstrate the potential of Natural Infrastructure (NI) in Brazil to strategically plan and manage network of natural lands, working landscapes, and other open spaces that conserves and enhances ecosystem values and functions. The session will present a WRI project that is being studying watersheds that provide water to the metropolitan areas of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Vitória. NI is one of the greatest strategic opportunities for Brazil to achieve its restoration goals and address water insecurity, while building climate resilience, lies in the prospect of scaling up investments in natural infrastructure.

WRI Staff: Aurelio Padovezi


How Large-Scale Reforestation with Native Species Can Help Countries Achieve their NDC Targets and Establish a New Forest Economy: Preliminary Findings of the VERENA Project in Brazil

When: Thursday, August 31, 13:50 – 14:10 BRT

Where: Room – Vivace 1

Description: This session will present the preliminary findings of VERENA (Economic Valuation of Reforestation of Native Tree Species) in Brazil. The project is focused in demonstrating the economic viability of large-scale reforestation with native trees by identifying and disseminating comprehensive information on existing investment cases. WRI Brasil analysts and researchers have selected 10 investment cases to support the development of a robust economic model and build at least five business cases to be presented to a wide range of stakeholders, including institutional investors, landowners, financing institutions, and governmental agencies.

WRI Staff: Alan Batista


The Importance of an R&D Platform to the Success of a New Forest Economy and Brazil's NDC Target Based on Silviculture with Native Species

When: Thursday, August 31, 14:30 – 14:50 BRT

Where: Room – Vivace 1

Description: This session will demonstrate the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forest and Agriculture experience leading the development and establishment of a pre-competitive R&D platform for silviculture of Brazilian native species. The platform is focused on a limited number of species based on their economic value, domestication level, adaptation to climate change, potential to sequester carbon, and ecological relevance. Its main idea is to use the best forest technology and innovation available for seeds and seedlings production, pest and disease control, management, and genetic improvement. During the session, it will also be explored how to de-risk future cash flows of benefits by producing evidence on the potential to increase yields of the main native species and develop low-costs technologies to reduce the cost of the restoration and reforestation.

WRI Staff: Miguel Calmon


Plenary Lecture - Restoring Forest Biomes: Advances and Challenges

When: Friday, September 1, 08:00 – 08:40 BRT

Where: Room – Sonata 1+2

Description: In this talk, Robin Lee Chazdon evaluates advances and challenges in forest restoration in three realms of human endeavor: 1. Theory (concepts and scientific research); 2. Practice (planning, implementation, monitoring); and 3. Policy (governance, finance, incentives and aspirational goals). WRI senior fellow provides examples of these advances and challenges and emphasizes the need for much greater focus on the linkages between theory, practice, and policy to reach global targets for forest restoration.

WRI Staff: Robin Lee Chazdon


Challenges and Opportunities of Landscape Restoration to Recover Peripheral Urban Zones in Latin America

When: Friday, September 1, 10:40 – 11:00 BRT

Where: Room – Salão Cantata

WRI Staff: René Zamora Cristales


Spatially-Explicit Optimization of Economic Incentives for Landscape Restoration

When: Friday, September 1, 14:30 – 14:50 BRT

Where: Room – Salão Cantata

WRI Staff: René Zamora Cristales

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