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Over 140 Mha of large-scale restoration commitments have been pledged across the global tropics, yet guidance is needed to identify those landscapes where implementation is likely to provide the greatest potential benefits and cost-effective outcomes. We identify restoration opportunities in lowland tropical rainforest landscapes by overlaying seven recent, peer-reviewed spatial datasets as proxies for the socio-environmental benefits and feasibility of restoration. Restoration opportunities, areas with higher potential return of benefits and feasibility, were found throughout the tropics. The area with the top 10% of the restoration opportunity score (i.e. restoration hotspots) covers 88% and 73%, respectively, of the global biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities and countries committed to the Bonn Challenge, a global effort to restore 350 Mha by 2030. However, a small proportion of the total extent of the Key Biodiversity Area network (19.1%) were restoration hotspots. Concentrating restoration investments in landscapes with high benefits and feasibility would maximize the potential to mitigate anthropogenic impacts and improve human wellbeing.
Audio/Video, Conference Presentation, SER2019
Society for Ecological Restoration