25 September 2019 - 27 September 2019
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

RESTORE+ Mid-term meeting

National stakeholders from Brazil, government representatives from Indonesia, as well as representatives of the broader international restoration community will meet in Brazil for the RESTORE+ Midterm meeting. 

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Restoration of degraded land is a significant contributor to the global effort of enhancing land use sustainability. The approach emphasizes comprehensive addressing of multiple ecosystem services as well as socio-economic concerns. The significance of restoration is highlighted by various of international initiatives. The "Bonn Challenge", aiming at restoring 150 million hectares of the world's deforested and degraded lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030, also contributed to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Target 15, the Rio+20 land degradation neutral goal and the UNFCCC REDD+ goal. In March 2019, the UN General Assembly declared the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aiming at massively scaling up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a proven measure to fight the climate crisis and enhance food security, water supply and biodiversity.

RESTORE+ is a five-year partnership that aims at enhancing land use planning capacity related to restoration or utilization of degraded land in Indonesia and Brazil. In Indonesia, the project combines participatory mapping campaigns with land-use and supply chain modelling. The aim will be to identify specific areas with scenarios for restoration and sustainable utilization and their implications on production, biodiversity, GHG emissions and social impacts. In Brazil, the project will enhance established land monitoring and modelling capabilities and support Brazil’s contribution to meeting the “Bonn Challenge”. The project will identify degraded areas, assess restoration options and explore trade-offs associated with implementation of the Brazilian Forest Code.

The project is implemented by a consortium of 10 institutions led by IIASA's CLR group with country specific activities coordinated by Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais/National Institute for Space Research (INPE) in Brazil and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Indonesia. The RESTORE+ project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Halfway into the project, the project consortium invites national stakeholders from Brazil, government representatives from Indonesia, as well as representatives of the broader international restoration community to participate in the project’s mid-term meeting in Foz do Iguaçu. The meeting is organized by INPE together with IIASA. During the meeting, the consortium will present preliminary results in the hope of gathering feedback to inform the second half of the project. 

This event is only for invited participants.

Meeting objectives

The objectives of the meeting are:

  • to consult stakeholders in Brazil and Indonesia about project relevance and potential contribution to evidence-based policy making processes
  • to discuss potential contribution to regional/global restoration initiatives
  • to present country specific project approaches and preliminary results
  • to discuss next steps as well as follow-ups and necessary adjustments for the second half of the project based on feedback from meeting participants

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Last edited: 11 July 2019


Florian Kraxner

CLR Center Head and Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Ping Yowargana

Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Enrico Confienza

RESTORE Project Manager

Ecosystems Services and Management

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