On April 26th and 27th, the workshop “Restoration and Biodiversity, synergies between restoration and native biodiversity in Latin America: experiences, approaches and a road map until 2020” held at the International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima Peru. The purpose of the event was to provide tools and methodologies to improve the understanding about how to include and consider biodiversity within forest landscape restoration programs. Moreover, it revised best practices and defined a framework for restoration follow-up within the region.
Over 70 people attended the event from various Latin American countries, with representatives from the public sector, NGOs, academic institutions, 20×20 Initiative partners and Model Forest representatives from Peru (Pichanaki and Río Huayabamba Abiseo) and Ecuador (Chocó Andino). Furthermore, the RIABM management played a key role in the organization of the event, and during Ronnie de Camino’s presentation, he highlighted the dedicated role of the RIABM to help implement landscape level restoration actions within its area of influence in Latin America.
As a result of the workshop, participants came to the consensus that they would not restore the highest level of biodiversity in each hectare, but restore, using a decentralized governance framework, landscapes and multi-functional landscape, where they will optimize the provision of ecosystems services for biodiversity, restoration benefits and human well-being. Thus, they will implement appropriate measures for biodiversity conservation and asure its complimentarity with other land-use related initiatives.
Participative decentralized governance platforms, such as Model Forests, facilitate the implementation of activities within the territory. Some of the necessary tools identified during the workshop for the prioritazation, evaluation and negotiation were the use of remote sensing, GIS and methodologies such as ROAM, LUMENS and Land Degradation Surveillance Framework.
Among the main challenges to achieve the process of restoration of 20 million hectares for 2020 are:
- The need for more and better information on costs and valuation, economic and cultural biodiversity.
- Identify the potential contribution of restoration to national biodiversity conservation strategies, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation.
- Creation and implementation of state policies that encourage the restoration and optimal use of biodiversity.
- The creation and strengthening of local capacities.