Integrated Restoration System – a web-platform for large scale restoration

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Rubens Benini

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Some countries are seeking to achieve their Bonn Challenge goals and implement their forest landscape restoration commitments. Monitoring the evolution towards the pledged goals is fundamental to ensure the success of these commitments. The Integrated Restoration System – or SIR, the Portuguese acronym, is a web-system with a spatial database that allows and facilitates the management and monitoring of forest restoration projects. SIR’s main objectives are: to register restoration projects and to track their results, from donations (providing high financial transparency) to implementation on the ground. SIR allows the application of ecological forest monitoring protocols through an app developed for the Android System. Additionally, SIR can import information from monitoring systems and store it to analyze results and provide reports describing the evolution of restored areas. The system has the following technical characteristics: LINUX OS; PostgreSQL / PostGIS relational databases; and is built using PHYTON and other free software. Initially, The Nature Conservancy developed SIR for its local partners and its own use. Currently, besides Brazil, SIR is being used in Argentina, with a dynamic dashboard that provides information about restored hectares, estimated sequestered CO2, and financial investments and jobs generated by the country’s restoration activities. Because SIR is developed on an open platform and has a friendly application, it can be adapted for use in other restoration programs worldwide, reporting the evolution of restoration commitments made by different countries, such as the 20×20 Initiative in Latin America, for example.

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Society for Ecological Restoration