A Framework for Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring: Catalyzing a Science-Based Restoration Movement through Transparent, Fit-for-Purpose Monitoring in Support to the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

A Framework for Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring: Catalyzing a Science-Based Restoration Movement through Transparent, Fit-for-Purpose Monitoring in Support to the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Despite growing commitments and recognition, there remain persistent barriers in scaling up ecosystem restoration. Tools, platforms, and data on where and how best to restore ecosystems promise increased efficiency and impact, but governments and investors are still largely in the dark about where successful restoration is taking place.

This white paper introduces the Framework for Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring (FERM) developed by FAO in consultation with the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration Task Force on Monitoring to improve data flows and transparency between scales, and ensure actions to meet restoration commitments are guided by the best available science. The FERM geospatial platform provides accessible and transparent information for restoration practitioners across all ecosystems – grasslands, shrub lands and savannahs, peatlands, mountains, farmlands, oceans and coasts, freshwaters, forests, drylands, and urban areas – in an easy-to-use interface, and will be launched at GLF Africa 2021.

Author: Julian Fox, Fidaa F. Haddad, Khalil Walji, Matieu Henry, Yoshihiko Aga, Aurelie Lhumeau, Stefano Giaccio

Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)

Language: English

Year: 2021

Keyword(s): drylands, geospatial data, land degradation, monitoring, restoration, UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Ecosystem(s): Drylands and Rangelands

Location(s): Africa, Global