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True Opportunity of Restoring Land: Lessons from India

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Join World Resources Institute for the launch of a new report that reveals the true opportunity of restoring landscapes in India and around the world.

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) is building a strong global movement for a sustainable future. Nature-based solutions like landscape restoration are a triple-win: They can cost-effectively create jobs and protect local livelihoods, safeguard biodiversity, and help limit climate change.

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To reach those goals, local people must be at the centre of planning, designing, and implementing restoration projects. By adapting the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) to measure ecosystem services, livelihood benefits, land tenure, and gender and social inclusion, WRI India has revealed the true opportunity of restoration for communities in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi District.

That analysis found that restoring 75% of the District’s land could store more than 7 million tons of carbon in forests within 20 years and create 3,000 microenterprises that employ 30,000 people, many from marginalized groups.

Join us to learn how governments, funders, civil society, and local communities can unlock the finance needed to realize the economic, social and climate benefits of restoring Sidhi – and landscapes around the world.


  • Dr OP Agarwal, CEO, WRI India
  • Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co. Ltd., India and Chair, Board of Directors, WRI India
  • Manoj Shrivastava, Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner, Panchayat and Rural Development Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh
  • Dr Ruchika Singh, Executive Director, Food, Land and Water, WRI India
  • R Parasuram, Former Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh and Senior Fellow, WRI India
  • Sean DeWitt, Director, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI
  • Dr Ashok Khosla, Chair of Board of Directors, Development Alternatives
  • Dr Musonda Mumba, Chief, Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit, UN Environment and UNEP Lead, UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
  • Wanjira Mathai, Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, WRI
  • Edel Monteiro, Knowledge Manager, India Climate Collaborative

View the executive summary of the report here

View the full report here

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