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A status report on Assisted Natural Regeneration: What, why, who, where, and how?

Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) is one of the cost-effective restoration techniques available for reclaiming millions of hectares of forests and landscapes worldwide. With the aspiration to create a “community” of individuals interested in and implementing this technique and to gather evidence, experiences, and insights from various disciplines, sectors, and geographic regions, the Assisted Natural Regeneration Alliance (ANR Alliance) was established in 2022 as a platform to unite efforts, share knowledge, and disseminate techniques in a coalition initiated by the World Resources Institute, with support from WRI Brazil, ICV, Imazon, and Suzano, as a contribution to the “Promoting and Implementing Assisted Natural Regeneration in Mato Grosso and Pará” project.

The ANR Alliance focuses on three major regions – Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean – and throughout 2022 and 2023 organized workshops and meetings with implementers worldwide, engaging more than 130 people from 90 different organizations in 43 countries.

Carlos Alberto de Mattos Scaramuzza, Technical Director of IIS, is a consultant for WRI and is supporting the activities of the Assisted Natural Regeneration Alliance. Among the Alliance’s actions are the dissemination of the practice of assisted natural regeneration and the improvement of its efficiency in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. To achieve this, the Alliance works towards three main objectives:

  • Promoting greater awareness and knowledge of ANR practices;
  • Supporting public policies and incentives for ANR implementation;
  • Facilitating access to scientific data, technical support, and monitoring capacity.

In an effort to compile available knowledge on ANR from international scientific literature, the “Status Report on Assisted Natural Regeneration: What, why, who, where, and how?” was launched during the 10th World Conference on Ecological Restoration. This report synthesizes the “state of the art” of the technique with an emphasis on forests, woodlands, and savannas in tropical and subtropical climates.

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