SESSION 2 - Large-scale restoration: opportunities to deal with our main environmental and development challenges
Based on the state of ecosystem degradation, the session will discuss the need to revert such deterioration in an equivalent scale, including the recovery from major pollutions such as offshore oil spills. It will also analyse the potential of large-scale restoration to generate improvements beyond the ecological ones, focusing particularly on the contributions that such initiatives can bring in terms of food security, preservation of ecosystem services, income generation and both climate change mitigation and adaptation. In addition, speakers will cover the main issues surrounding the implementation of large-scale restoration and the main drivers for those initiatives to succeed (e.g. establishing priorities, restoring capacities, integrating externalities, modes of governance, financing and valuing schemes, monitoring tools, technology, etc.).
Researcher, CEFE/CNRS, Representative-at-large, Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)
James Aronson is a restoration ecologist at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle and Evolutive (CNRS), in Montpellier, France, and at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where he is coordinator of the Restoring Natural Capital Alliance. While working on the conceptual and practical advancement of science-based ecological restoration, he also consults on specific restoration projects and programs in arid and semi-arid, mediterranean climate and tropical forest and montane regions, marine environments, and protected areas. He is a Representative-at-Large of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), and editor-in-chief of the SER-Island Press book series, The Science and Practice of Ecololgical Restoration. He has published extensively, these past 20 years, on ecological restoration, restoration of natural capital, and related subjects.
Drylands Ambassador, UNCCD, Senior Fellow, World Agroforestry Center,, Chair, EverGreen Agricultural Partnership, Chair, Landcare International
Dr. Garrity is a systems agronomist whose career has been focused on the development of small-scale farming systems. Dr. Garrity is Distinguished Research Fellow and former Director General of the World Agroforestry Center (2001-2011), the global leader in advancing the science and practice of cultivating trees on farms. He is currently UNCCD Drylands Ambassador and also chairs the Steering Committee for Landcare International, and the EverGreen Agriculture Partnership. Previously, he served as Regional Coordinator of the Southeast Asia Programme of the World Agroforestry Centre, based in Bogor, Indonesia, and was agronomist and head of the Agroecology Unit at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. Dr. Garrity has a PhD in crop physiology from the University of Nebraska.
Executive Director, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
Kyle Graham is the Executive Director for Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the state office responsible for implementing Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast and integrating hurricane protection, storm damage reduction, flood control, and the associated infrastructure construction and maintenance of coastal protection and restoration projects. Before working for the State of Louisiana, Mr. Graham earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of North Carolina and Appalachian State University, worked as a wetland scientist restoring streams and wetlands, and oversaw the preparation and management of environmental documentation and permitting impacts.
Deputy Director, Global Forest and Climate Change Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Carole Saint-Laurent is Deputy Director, Global Forest and Climate Change Programme, IUCN. She is also the coordinator of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). Carole has 20 years of experience in environmental policy and programme development working at international and national levels for IUCN, WWF and the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy. She has also acted as an adviser to the UN Department of Environmental and Social Affairs and to the private sector on a range of issues related to sustainable development. She holds a Master's of Law degree from University College London.