New study demonstrates the capacity of forests to regenerate themselves
Nearly 59 million hectares of forests—an area larger than mainland France— have regrown since 2000, according to a new analysis published by Trillion Trees, a joint venture between World Wildlife Fund (WWF), BirdLife International and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The Atlantic Forest in Brazil is one of the success stories for regeneration. An estimated 4.2 million hectares have regrown there since 2000 through a combination of planned projects to restore the forest, more responsible industry practices and other factors, including migration trends toward cities. Read here
Unlocking $100 billion for restoring Africa
Over the past decade, only a small fraction of the billions of dollars already earmarked for restoration in Africa has been directly invested in the governments, tree-growing organizations, and companies with the necessary long-term vision, local roots, and technical expertise. How can we ensure that this new funding flows directly to land restoration programs? At the official event of the UN Decade of Restoration, WRI organized this event in which panelists unpacked what needs to change in order to unlock enough investment and begin restoring 100 million hectares across Africa by 2030.
Giant river otter – long feared to be extinct - pops up in Argentina
Conservationists are thrilled at the sighting of the giant river otter. The wild predator was long feared to be extinct in the country due to habitat loss and hunting on the Bermejo River in Impenetrable National Park, in the country’s north-east Chaco province. The last sighting of a giant otter in the wild in Argentina was in the 1980s. On the Bermejo, none have been seen for more than a century. Read here
25 years of conservation work at the Amazon Conservation Team
25 years ago, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) was founded with a mission to work with indigenous and local communities to protect the Amazon, believing that local inhabitants were the best protectors of their territories. Since the beginning, ACT’s decisions have been guided by close consultation with partner communities, particularly the elders, who have defined the organizations’ priorities in the fight for ancestral land rights and protection. Here you find a nice visual timeline and here more about why they started
Helping animals crossing roads and other obstacles
On BBC, our partner Luís Paulo (AMLD) speaks about examples of new infrastructure designed to help wild animals cope with human obstacles. Mentioned are irrigation pipes which have been designed to double as mid-air walkways to help slow lorises cross open farmland in Indonesia; and of course the footbridge that AMLD has build for the golden lion tamarin monkeys in Brazil. You can listen to the broadcast here.
Water, wetlands and fires
Wetlands International LAC hosted a webinar to discuss innovative solutions for restoration of wetland ecosystems in the Paraguay-Paraná wetland system, entitled: 'Water, Wetlands and Fires: Innovative solutions for Green Recovery in South America’. Among the guest speakers were Daniel Blanco, director of Wetlands International LAC and high level representatives of the European Commission and UN to discuss the role of wetlands in the frame of the European Green Deal and the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration.