RESTAURacción: Uniting Action to Restore Latin America’s Forest Landscapes

April 16, 2021 | Written BY : IMFN

Girl assesses 2019 forest fire damage to a tree within the Chiquitano Model Forest, Bolivia. ©Fundacion para la Conservación del Bosque Chiquitano

Girl assesses 2019 forest fire damage to a tree within the Chiquitano Model Forest, Bolivia. ©Fundacion para la Conservación del Bosque Chiquitano

Wildfires have caused extensive changes to forested landscapes throughout Latin America over the last several years, with 906,000 hectares burned in the Amazon in 2019 alone, intensifying forest landscape degradation and land conversion. What is the best approach for restoring these landscapes and preventing further degradation and wildfire? We believe it is through Partnerships.

Over the last several months, seven Model Forests and the Latin American Model Forest Network have taken action to restore Latin America’s forested landscapes through activating and strengthening partnerships, both within and across landscapes.

Choco Andino Model Forest, Ecuador, strengthens knowledge and capacity for forest restoration through Agroforestry courses for local farmers. ©Fundacion Imaymana

Choco Andino Model Forest, Ecuador, strengthens knowledge and capacity for forest restoration through Agroforestry courses for local farmers. ©Fundacion Imaymana

RESTAURacción is about putting forest restoration into action. RESTAURacción has engaged local stakeholders and created synergies with national and sub-national government political commitments such as Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) targets as part of the Bonn Challenge, the 20×20 Initiative, and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.

RESTAURacción supported Model Forests in six countries (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala and Costa Rica) to:

  • Empower Women and Girls in Forest and Landscape Restoration activities;
  • Develop post-wildfire, Forest and Landscape Restoration plans ;
  • Promote Wildfire prevention and monitoring;
  • Build technical and scientific research capacities and;
  • Systematize and exchange knowledge.

 

Want to hear more from local experts and agents of change?

Stay tuned over the next few months as we share photos, videos, interviews and stories from local landscapes.

In the meantime, we invite you to check out a recording of our March 25th Virtual Session hosted by the International and Latin American Model Forest Networks to hear participating Model Forests share their project results, lessons learned and future directions on Forest Landscape Restoration in Latin American Model Forests (Please note the session is only available in Spanish).

The RESTAURaccion Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada

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