Reforesting the World | Sustainable Cities Collective
The Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, World Resources Institute, South Dakota State University, and International Union for Conservation of Nature, just released a new map of global reforestation opportunities, arguing that 1.5 billion hectares of totally destroyed or degraded forests worldwide could be restored. Instead of the usual depressing map showing the rapid rate of global deforestation, this new visual could help local governments and community groups see how renewing their forest landscapes could create both local and global value. While the network’s new map doesn’t plot exact sites for restoration, it does indicate the wider “landscapes where restoration opportunities are more likely to be found.” In addition, the map isn’t prescriptive about the types of mixed-use forest and community opportunities of the reforestation tactics that could be used. Still, the team finds that the 1.5 billion hectares of deforested and degraded forest lands are “either wide-scale or mosaic type (an area almost equivalent to Russia). About two thirds of the potential is on deforested lands; the rest is in degraded forests and woodlands.” There are also additional opportunities in the world’s croplands.