Title of symposium:
Seeding resilient forest landscape restoration and its contribution to sustainable development goals.
Bioversity International/ ETH Zurich
Partnership Development Manager TRCRC, Malaysia
Numerous countries worldwide have responded to the 15th Aichi Biodiversity Target and other global commitments on restoration of degraded ecosystems by setting forest and landscape restoration targets in millions of hectares and initiating large scale tree planting programmes. Such targets require massive amounts of forest reproductive material (tree seed, seedlings, cuttings and other planting stock), depending on species’ biology, level of degradation and restoration method used. Restoring a million hectares of forest through planting to maximum density may require a billion seedlings, and ideally these should include seedlings of exactly those native and threatened species whose populations, and subsequently available seed, are declining as a result of ecosystem degradation and loss of biodiversity. Restoration approaches that rely on natural recruitment of seedlings to the restoration site in turn require that seed source populations within the vicinity of the site are genetically healthy and that geneflow is adequate. In addition to making sure that the appropriate species and material are available for restoration, we also need to have the broader socioecological system in mind. Restoration, needs to provide multiple benefits to a diverse stakeholder community, this includes, youth, women, private sector, municipalities and others. A range of innovative tools are necessary to ensure that restoration maximizes benefits across multiple stakeholders.
To this end the symposium seeks to exchange knowledge about suitable approaches, and both positive and negative experiences, to ensure resilient FLR these will include for example:
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