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Forest landscape restoration: Enhancing more than carbon stocks

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Parallel session 2: 16.00-17.30
Al-Areen Ballroom 2

Host/Co-hosts
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

The extent of forest degradation is vast. According to a recent estimate by the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, nearly 2 billion hectares of tropical forests are in some stage of degradation. In view of the importance of such degraded forests in mitigating climate change, preserving biodiversity and fostering sustainable livelihoods, numerous national, regional and international forest restoration initiatives have been taking place. The launch of the Bonn Challenge last year was a global call for the restoration of 150 million hectares by 2020 using the Forest Landscape Restoration approach. This discussion forum will provide an opportunity to share updates on Forest Landscape Restoration Initiatives. The forum will also discuss the best strategies to achieve global climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation goals through Forest Landscape Restoration, including opportunities for the restoration of degraded forests within the framework of REDD+.

Moderator
Juergen Blaser, Professor for International Forestry and Climate Change at the Bern University of Applied Sciences School of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences

Keynote speaker
Bianca Jagger, Ambassador, Plant a Pledge Campaign; Founder and Chair, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

Panelists

  • Juan Carlos Jintiach, Leader, International relations and chair of the Indigenous Climate Change Forum, Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
  • Yetti Rusli, Advisor to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia
  • Patrick Wylie, Climate Change Mitigation Policy Officer & Senior REDD+ Adviser, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Rapporteur
Steven Johnson, Communication Manager, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

Key questions

  • What is the state of the art of Forest Landscape Restoration in degraded and secondary forests? How can we assess and integrate the benefits of climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods in Forest Landscape Restoration?
  • What is the potential of Forest Landscape Restoration in achieving global climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation goals? What would be the best strategies to achieve such global goals?
  • How can we scale-up Forest Landscape Restoration? How do we promote Forest Landscape Restoration activities in enhancing carbon stocks from degraded forests within the framework of REDD+?

Contacts
Carole Saint-Laurent
Ma Hwan-Ok (ITTO)

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