Putting the focus on forest landscape restoration


Putting the focus on forest landscape restoration


12 December 2016 – Restoring deforested and degraded forest landscapes has become an urgent policy priority. The disappearance and degradation of forests around the world is impacting biodiversity, livelihoods, economic growth and climate change resilience.

As world leaders and other stakeholders convene this week for the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Cancún, Mexico, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is co-organizing a one-day side event with a focus on forest landscape restoration.

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Forest Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration Day will be held at the Rio Conventions Pavilion on 13 December 2016. Scientist Manuel Guariguata, team leader of CIFOR’s Forest Management and Restoration program, will present the latest research on participatory monitoring approaches for forest landscape restoration, due to be published on the day of the event.

The side event is co-hosted by CIFOR as part of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which includes the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the International Union on Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

A team of CIFOR scientists will be presenting on a range of other topics at the conference, drawing attention to the connections between forest landscapes and agriculture, food security, livelihoods, gender equity, climate resilience and biodiversity.

Around 10,000 participants from government, research, civil society and more are expected to join the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) from 4 to 17 December. Alongside the main event, Cancún will also host the eighth meeting of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (COP-MOP 8) and the second meeting of Parties to the Nagoya Protocol (COP-MOP 2) from 2 December.



Shelley Thakral

Team Leader, Communications and Engagement, CIFOR

Email: S.Thakral@cgiar.org