With a multidisciplinary and holistic approach, the Conference has collected and promoted innovative ideas and tools on how to implement effectively restoration projects at a large-scale, with the objective to understand what it takes to get things done!
To do so, it has been be structured around:
- An overview on the Potential of restoration to address the main environmental and development challenges through an analysis of the benefits beyond the rehabilitation of ecosystems functionalities, being:
- To open up new economic avenues
- To generate positive social impacts
- To enhance cities’ and landscapes’ resilience
- A rich technical segment analysing existing restoration projects and practices, to foster a productive dialogue and draw lessons on the conditions of operability, appropriateness and transferability in different contexts. This segment has been based on a variety of case studies presenting lessons learned in terms of:
- Governance and institutions,
- Financing and valuation schemes,
- Methods of measuring and metrics,
- Knowledge gaps and innovations,
- Engineering and technology.
- A decisions-makers segment aimed at strengthening political will and institutional schemes to translate those ideas and commitments into actions of implementation on the ground such as the achievement of:
- CBD Aichi Target 15 (restoration of at least 15% of degraded ecosystems), with initiative such as the Bonn Challenge
- EU Strategy Biodiversity Strategy to 2020
- UNFCCC REDD+ goal to slow, halt and reverse the loss of forest and carbon,
- Other international objectives, including those on land degradation and food security.
It has also offered a timely contribution in the context of the post-MDGs 2015 period and the preparation of action-oriented SDGs.
A more detailed program is available here.