The operational dimension of ecological restoration: How to move from conceptual planning to the practice of planting trees with farmers and communities?

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Felipe Marauê Marques Tieppo

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How to guarantee 40,000 hectares of forest restoration over 10 years in thousands of third-party farms? Indeed, the primary challenge is to propose a model supported by a societal framework approached from a bottom-up perspective. This is key to ensure landowners’ engagement as well as socioeconomic benefits. The objective is proposing a framework that, by placing people in the core of the strategy, is likely to avoid failure in restoration projects in private properties. The case study, the Fundação Renova and its complex governance, brings an opportunity to establish a cross-sector dialogue alongside a deep knowledge of the territory towards an inclusive model. To make it possible, we have been working with a framework that is flourishing with some positive results. Some actions we have taken so far were to establish local governance, help farmers understand their environment, aggregate knowledge through partnerships, care about the landholders’ socioeconomics, payments for ecosystem services; providing cutting-edge techniques, and supporting a local-based restoration economy. So far, we have been working with over 700 landholders. The number of partner institutions and landholders participating have been increasing, farmers already participating have been giving in new areas, farmers are mobilising their neighbours. We expect this model to strengthen local communities by reconciling land vacation for production and conservation of natural resources.

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