Challenges and opportunities of Forest Landscape Restoration implementation in the context of Latin America (20X20 Initiative) and Africa (AFR100)

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Anita Diederichsen

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Both Initiative 20×20 in Latin America and the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) support the Bonn Challenge and the New York Declaration. Together the initiatives are aiming to achieve 163 million hectares by 2030. To achieve these ambitious goals it is crucial to consider the specific opportunities and challenges faced in each region and within contrasting landscapes in both regions. This presentation will cover the status for both Latin America and Africa informed by a horizon scanning exercise to better understand the existing social and ecological complexity associated with Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) across regions. This regional assessment will draw on a global assessment of the future of forests conducted by WWF Global Science and Forest Team. This approach consists of identifying the current and emerging trends shaping the future of forests and assessing which of those constitute either threats or opportunities. This review allows WWF to inform strategic thinking and planning for Latin America and Africa. This assessment concludes with some reflections on approaches for WWF, which apply also to other organizations for decision making and action, which entail, first, adopting longer-term and system change solutions; second, harnessing the opportunities for achieving impacts at scale; and third, shifting to a more positive agenda for forests. Above all it sets the basis for a solid Forest Landscape Restoration strategy in WWF that is focused on implementation, on the ground results, and achieving impacts at scale.

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