The Global Restoration Initiative works with governments and international partners to inspire, enable and implement restoration on degraded landscapes, returning them to economic and environmental productivity.
Alongside IUCN and other partners, World Resources Institute (WRI) has identified more than two billion hectares of cleared and degraded forest and agricultural lands suitable for restoration – an area roughly twice the size of China. Using this data as a foundation, we work to promote restoration of degraded lands back into natural forests, agroforestry systems, or productive agriculture. Embracing forest and landscape restoration will allow for a world in which the amount of forest cover grows while the productivity of existing agricultural land increases.
The Global Restoration Initiative aims to accelerate restoration of degraded land into sustainable agriculture, agroforestry and forested landscapes. The strategy will work at the global level and in-depth in a handful of countries. The Initiative’s outcomes will contribute to:
The Bonn Challenge: 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded forest land in the process of agroforestry and forest restoration globally by 2020;
New York Declaration on Forests: Building on The Bonn Challenge, 350 million hectares of deforested and degraded land under restoration by 2030.
In Brazil, WRI Brasil's work on restoration includes:
VERENA Project: Founded in 2015 by entrepreneur Roberto Waack, the WRI Brasil and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The two organizations are currently leading the initiative, which is supported by the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). VERENA Project seeks to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of large scale restoration and reforestation with native species, highlighting social and environmental benefits of the activity. It is part of the Brazilian contribution to the solution of the climate challenge, with a focus on expanding forest coverage in degraded areas and strengthening the forest and low carbon economy.
Restoration Opportunities Methodology Assessment (ROAM): Alongside the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Forest landscape restoration (FLR) partners, WRI Brasil has applied ROAM in six different Brazilian states. The methodology offers practical steps for diverse stakeholders to restore landscapes at any scale. ROAM gathers knowledge, develops and applies tools, and builds capacity while supporting policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and landowners around the world.
Initiative 20x20: The initiative—launched formally at COP 20 in Lima—supports the Bonn Challenge and is a country-led effort to bring 20 million hectares of land in Latin America and the Caribbean into restoration by 2020. Initiative 20x20 published its economic analysis on land use and restoration in Latin America and the Caribbean in late 2016. Brazilian government joined the Initiative 20x20 at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in 2016 as a result of WRI Brasil's work in a partnership with IUCN and the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forest and Agriculture.