Program Introduction
29 - 30 MAY 2014
U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, USA


Program Introduction

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:

  1. 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
  1. 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.
  1. 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.


The Conference has been proposed by

Veolia Institute

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Veolia Institute, environmental think tank dedicated to promoting foresight reflection on interactions between society and the environment

US Water Science and Technology Board

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Agence Française De Développement

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International Union for Conservation of Nature

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