How Restoration Can Support a Healthy Climate, Economy and Planet


29 April 2021





Over 40 percent of the world’s population is affected by land degradation.

Land degradation threatens food security, fuels violent conflict, drives biodiversity loss and contributes to the climate crisis through carbon and nitrous oxide emissions. It costs the global economy around USD 6–10 trillion per year, or roughly 10 percent of gross world product.

One of the most promising solutions to land degradation is restoration, which aims to regain ecological functionality and enhance human well-being in deforested or degraded landscapes. More than 2 billion hectares of such landscapes stand to be restored globally. However, implementation still remains far below the level needed to address land degradation on a global scale.

On 29 April 2021, the Global Landscapes Forum will organize a digital forum on restoration hosted jointly by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). This event will help increase understanding in three key areas where restoration can make significant contributions: climate mitigation and adaptation, job creation, and reducing threats to biodiversity. It will also provide an opportunity to showcase the role of partnerships and collaboration in successful restoration.

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Organizations involved in the Digital Forum

Paul Elvis Tangem

African Union Commission

Rosario L. Perez

Indigenous Chamorro, advocate for Guam’s landscapes

Bruno Oberle

Director General, The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Susan Cook-Patton

The Nature Conservancy

Manish Bapna

Acting President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Fran Price

Forest Practice Leader, WWF

Louise Mabulo

Founder, The Cacao Project

George Wamukoya

African Group of Negotiators Expert Support

Houria Djoudi

Senior Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Ulrich Apel

Global Environment Facility

Kathomi Njeru

Green Pot Enterprises Ltd.



Global Landscapes Forum




Melissa Angel

Communications Coordinator



Nina Haase

Engagement and Growth Coordinator