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Getting Started on ROAM - better information for decision making on landscape restoration
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Pre-approved for 12 CECs under the CERP Program

8/26/2017 to 8/27/2017
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Where: SER World Conference
Contact: Craig Beatty

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According to a global assessment of restoration potential, there are more than two billion hectares of deforested and degraded land around the world where opportunities for some type of landscape restoration may be realized. Restoring degraded and deforested landscapes is an important step in regaining the functionality of these ecosystem and in enhancing human well-being. This can be achieved through different interventions such as: new tree plantings, managed natural regeneration, agroforestry, and improved land management to accommodate a mosaic of land uses, including agriculture, protected wildlife reserves, managed plantations, riverside plantings and more.

Nevertheless, understanding the relevance and feasibility of potential interventions across the assessment area, identifying priority areas for these interventions, quantifying cost and benefits, analyzing finance and investment options, assessing restoration readiness and addressing major policy and institutional bottlenecks, may end up being a very challenging task that prevents high-level political support for large scale forest landscape restoration world-wide.

ROAM can provide vital support to countries seeking to accelerate or implement restoration programmes and landscape-level strategies at all levels. In this regard, ROAM can also enable countries to define and implement national or subnational contributions to the Bonn Challenge and concurrently allow nations to meet existing international commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the United Nations Framework to Combat Climate Change.

The present training course will offer an interactive programme covering some of the basic steps and tools needed to get started on ROAM, including opportunity maps, prioritization, cost benefit analysis, ecosystem services assessments and decision support mechanisms.