Achieving forest landscape restoration at scale – Join APFNet at the IUCN World Conservation Congress!
Forest landscape restoration in China was already well underway when the Bonn Challenge and the New York Declaration on Forests announced global forest restoration targets and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration was launched. China has already significantly increased its forest area by 138 million ha and forest cover from 8.6% to more than 23% since 1949. The increase is largely attributed to national ecoforestry programmes implemented since 1978. The earliest and largest is the Three-North Forest Shelterbelt Programme which spans over 400 million ha – nearly half of China’s land area – with a planning horizon of 73 years.
Learning from four decades of implementation, APFNet’s senior consultant David Cassells will share his perspectives from field visits and research at the Three-North Programme to the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Policymakers, field practitioners and other forest stakeholders inside and outside China can draw from China’s experience in the development and implementation of these large-scale programmes. The world desperately needs more forests of sufficient quality in the right places to help address the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation and to help meet peoples’ environmental, social and economic needs. The Three-North Programme and its successors’ scale of implementation and achievements has many lessons for all who are interested in the sustainable conservation, management and restoration of forests.

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