The role of Brazil in leading the global restoration movement

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Miguel Calmon

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The implementation of forest and landscape restoration (FLR) in Brazil has been going on for decades, which has helped to accumulate a significant amount of science-based knowledge and experience from the several successes and failures. However, the current scale does not reflect this track record. Among the 58 national and regional commitments made to restore more than 170 million hectares of degraded lands and forests under the Bonn Challenge, Brazil is one of the most promising countries in terms of showing and reporting the implementation of its commitment of 12 million hectares. Brazil has one of the most innovative and ambitious forest laws in the world that set aside 20-80% of private lands to conservation and sustainable management practices, in addition to the preservation of land along rivers, springs, water recharge areas, and others. The country also has a national policy and plan to restore native vegetation of all ecosystems in all biomes. Because of this potential, several subnational, multi-stakeholder restoration initiatives were established during the last decade to accelerate and increase the scale of restoration. With all those enabling conditions, we will show the world how Brazil is ready to restore millions of hectares based on the best science, engaging millions of private landowners, and mobilizing public and private finance. The impact from this endeavor in the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goas (SDGs) may take longer to materialize but will certainly change the way future generations protect and steward the natural capital that our lives depend on.

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Society for Ecological Restoration