Initiative to restore 50M acres of degraded Latin American ecosystems by 2020

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A coalition of governments and organizations pledged to restore 20 million hectares (50 million acres) of degraded forests and ecosystems across Latin America by 2020 under an initiative that aims to curb boost rural incomes, fight climate change, and increase agricultural production. The effort is backed by $365 million from five impact investors. December 7, 2014 Click here to read more. read more

A Decade After Asian Tsunami, New Forests Protect the Coast

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The tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004 obliterated vast areas of Aceh province. But villagers there are using an innovative microcredit scheme to restore mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems that will serve as a natural barrier against future killer waves and storms. December 4, 2014 Click here to read more. read more

'New normal' approach to conservation comes under fire

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Over the past few years a new conservation approach known as the "novel ecosystems" concept has been slowly gathering steam in science, media, and policy-making circles. Based on pragmatism, it presents itself as a way forward in a world where irreversible ecosystem change is inevitable. It holds that rather than vainly trying to restore disturbed ecosystems back to their original states, we sh... read more

China – Brazil exchange knowledge on restoration

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SER partnered with IUCN and WRI in in the organization of the Brazil-China Learning Exchange on Forest Landscape Restoration. Last month, experts and leaders from two of the world’s biggest countries and emerging economies met in China to share knowledge on how restoration of degraded lands can be accomplished at large scale. Published November 10, 2014 Click here for more info... read more

Korea launches forest initiative to help countries achieve global biodiversity goals

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To assist countries in achieving the globally-agreed Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Korea Forest Service launched the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) on 14 October 2014, in the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), being held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, from 6 to 17 October ... read more

China's polluted Hebei sets ecological restoration goals

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Hebei, north China's worst-polluted province, has set a string of ecological restoration goals for rivers, lakes, mines, forests and underground water. The province, which surrounds Beijing and Tianjin, will plant 530,000 hectares of forest by 2017 and raise forest coverage from 28 percent last year to 32 percent, according to a recently unveiled official plan. Published October 5, 2014 C... read more

Montana: Buffalo Restoration Treaty Signed by Tribes, First Nations

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Native groups from the United States and Canada signed a treaty to establish intertribal alliances to restore the American buffalo on Tribal and First Nations Reserves or co-managed lands in both countries. The Northern Tribes Buffalo Treaty was signed in Blackfeet territory in Browning, Montana. The event brought together members of the Blackfeet Nation, Blood Tribe, Siksika Nation, Piikani N... read more

India: When Land Restoration Works Hand in Hand with Poverty Eradication

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Tugging at the root of a thorny shrub known as ‘juliflora’, which now dots the village of Chirmiyala in the Medak District of southern India’s Telangana state, a 28-year-old farmer named Ailamma Arutta tells IPS, “This is a curse that destroyed my land.” The deciduous shrub, whose scientific name is prosopis juliflora and belongs to the mesquite family, is no... read more

Arizona: Tumamoc Hill, birthplace of restoration ecology

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Early in the morning, walkers huff up a steep road on Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, passing tall saguaro cacti. In season, beside white saguaro flowers, white-winged doves hoot like owls. Among rocks, javelinas root for food, bobcats hunt. Tumamoc has long been a gathering place. The first human culture there was the Cienega, dating to about 2,500 years ago, and others followed, leaving rock art, pot... read more

Texas: Reforesting The Lost Pines: 4 Million Trees To Be Planted Over Five Years To Repair Fire Scar

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Whether the 33,000-acre fire scar in the Lost Pines will become a pine forest again remains an open question, and the answer rests largely on whether landowners decide to participate in the most ambitious reforestation effort Central Texas has seen. Putting the forest right again will require millions of dollars, millions of pine seedlings, years of planting - and perhaps most important, cooper... read more

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