The theme for the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) on Tuesday, 13 December, was ‘Forest Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration.’ The session provided a forum to showcase planning and implementation measures and their degree of coordination to reduce forest habitat loss, deforestation and forest degradation.
Participants heard from countries that are championing coordinated actions and regional initiatives fostering mutual learning. Effective and replicable methodologies to assess restoration opportunities and to monitor impact were also highlighted.
The event was organized by the CBD, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO), IUCN, FAO, and GEF. The Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR), the Government of Mexico, the Korean Forest Service and Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) were partners.
In the morning, the first session looked at the global restoration movement and the methodologies used to monitor progress and impact, including the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) developed by IUCN and the World Resources Institute (WRI). The second session discussed country experiences, with examples from Brazil, Ethiopia, Finland, Guatemala, Mongolia and the Philippines.
In the afternoon, one session focused on approaches for monitoring global restoration commitments. A second afternoon session discussed ways and means for organizations to use partnership arrangements to leverage actions that contribute to shared restoration goals at the national level, including CPF, GPFLRP and national initiatives to support alignment of restoration actions to the CBD objectives and Aichi Targets.
The day concluded with the presentation of a Joint CPF Message on ‘Fostering Partnerships to Build Coherence and Support for Forest Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration.’