Global forest restoration and the importance of prioritizing local communities

J. T. Erbaugh*, N. Pradhan, J. Adams, J. A. Oldekop, A. Agrawal, D. Brockington, R. Pritchard, A. Chhatre

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Forest restoration occupies centre stage in global conversations about carbon removal and biodiversity conservation, but recent research rarely acknowledges social dimensions or environmental justice implications related to its implementation. We find that 294.5 million people live on tropical forest restoration opportunity land in the Global South, including 12% of the total population in low-income countries. Forest landscape restoration that prioritizes local communities by affording them rights to manage and restore forests provides a promising option to align global agendas for climate mitigation, conservation, environmental justice and sustainable development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1472-1476
Number of pages5
JournalNature Ecology and Evolution
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

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