Measuring the climate change mitigation potential of landscape restoration projects

Megan Critchley, George Syder, Juliet Mills, Carina Pohnke, Charlotte Ghali, Caroline Sourzac-Lami , Tom Bradfer-Lawrence, Julie Hammer-Monart, Ashton Berry, Lera Miles and Rob Field

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This project aimed to estimate the climate change mitigation potential of landscape restoration projects across Europe, using the Endangered Landscapes Programme as a case study. The analysis compared project outcomes against a baseline ‘business-as-usual’ scenario in order to demonstrate the emissions reduction and carbon sequestration benefits of achieving biodiversity-focused restoration goals, and how these could be maximised. The project calculated past and predicted carbon balances for eight projects across a range of habitat types and restoration strategies. The report also shares the findings of a comparison of the application of two different tools for carbon assessment, Ex-ACT and the Carbon Benefits Project, to landscape restoration.

Relevance for the Short Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration:
This report helps to demonstrate how ecosystem restoration can contribute to national and international targets for climate change mitigation (activity B6) and provides methodology and case studies to help assess the carbon benefits of ecosystem restoration (Activity A4)

STAPER categories:
  • A4: Assess the costs/benefits of ecosystem restoration
  • B6: Review, improve or establish targets, policies and strategies for ecosystem restoration
  • D1: Assess the efficacy and effects of implementing the ecosystem restoration plan

Resource Type:
Technical Document

Endangered Landscapes Programme