Forest Landscape Restoration: A Strategy for Shifting to Sustainable Production to Combat Deforestation?
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The restoration of degraded and under-performing landscapes is an opportunity for a range of actors to increase the global resource base for more sustainable future production of food and commodities while addressing current and future global challenges, including deforestation. By regaining productive land and integrating it into sustainable natural resource management systems, we can decrease the pressure on natural forests and ecosystems while allowing both smallholder and large commodity producers to meet demands for increased agricultural and commodity production.
Implementing forest landscape restoration (FLR) at scale can be a viable way for the private sector to shift to sustainable production without the need to scale back their operations or engage in practices that may lead to further degradation and deforestation. FLR can support the growth of small and large businesses and revive national economies through revenue and job creation, decreasing risks in other productive sectors and driving a transition towards a low-carbon and green economy. Scientific research shows that restoration interventions, in particular agroforestry for smallholders or large-scale agroforestry, can lead to diversification of production practices that are becoming increasingly important to adapt to climate change and lead to better yields of commodities such as coffee, cocoa and palm oil.
International, national and sub-national actors within the restoration movement are building evidence that... Read more at www.iucn.org.