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Workshop will discuss global partnership for natural regeneration of forests

Rio Botanical Garden will host on 19th, 20th and 21st of November the workshop “The Role of Natural Regeneration in Large-scale Forest Landscape Restoration: Challenge and Opportunity”. The meeting will be held from November 19-21st, 2014, is restricted to the participation of guests and will gather researchers, government, business and non-governmental organizations – from Brazil and other countries – to discuss the role of natural regeneration in forest restoration.

The factors that limit the use of natural regeneration in forest restoration will be discussed during the workshop. The use of this methodology can significantly reduce the cost of restoration and ensure the presence of viable native species and biodiversity conservation, carbon sequestration and protection of water resources. Despite the economic and environmental benefits, natural regeneration has not been prioritized in the development of forest restoration programs and public policy.

The workshop has three main objectives:

– To ensure that policymakers and practitioners are aware of low cost natural regeneration options and consider them as legitimate approaches in their restoration portfolio;

– To develop a multi-sectorial framework for a low-cost restoration strategy based on natural regeneration, using Brazil as an incubator

– To initiate planning for a global natural regeneration partnership that would advance the framework in countries committed to ambitious restoration targets.

The confirmed speakers include Bernardo Strassburg, executive director of International Institute for Sustainability; Miguel Calmon, Landscape Restoration Manager of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Rachel Biderman, director of the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Brazil and Robin Chazdon, professor at University of Connecticut.

The workshop is organized by International Institute for Sustainability, World Resources Institute, International Union for Conservation of Nature and PARTNERS, with the support of the Rio Botanical Garden, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Conservation on Biological Diversity and Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact.