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Friday, May 30 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Landscape Restoration - a Nature-Based Solution

This session will be dedicated to the landscape approach to restoration. Ecosystem-based restoration at a landscape scale aims to restore ecological integrity at the same time as improving human wellbeing through multi-functional landscapes. Landscape restoration significantly increases and maintains carbon stocks and results in healthy resilient ecosystems, which provide the multiple goods and services people need, maintain biodiversity and enhance ecological integrity. Restoring the world’s natural capital in this manner offers the potential to provide crucial goods and services on which mankind depends, such as water, timber, energy and biodiversity, while enhancing carbon uptake and increasing the resilience of forests and people to climate change. 

This session will concentrate on specific themes, including:

  • Restoring for landscape resilience
  • The role of landscape restoration in the urban-rural interface
  • Landscape restoration and disaster risk reduction

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Peter Besseau

Director International Affairs, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, Executive Director, International Mod, Co-Chair, Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration.
Peter Besseau is the Director of International Affairs for the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resource Canada, based in Ottawa. Since 2003, he has also led, as Executive Director, the International Model Forest Network Secretariat (IMFNS), a global community of practice in large-scale... Read More →

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Sean DeWitt

Senior Manager, Forest Landscape Restoration, World Resources Institute (WRI)
Sean is the Senior Manager for Forest Landscape Restoration at the World Resources Institute.  He oversees the process to inspire, support and mobilize WRI’s partners to restore productivity and function of degraded land. Prior to joining WRI, Sean worked to improve livelihoods... Read More →
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Li Hao

Project Director, Beijing Forestry Society (BFS)
Mr. Li Hao is the Project Director of Beijing Forestry Society (BFS). He joined the BFS team in Oct 2006 and took the leading responsibility for lots of international environmental projects, most of which focus on addressing water crisis in Beijing through natural and integrated approaches... Read More →
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Andrea Nájera

Manager of Strategic Ecosystems Conservation, National Forest Institute (INAB)
Andrea Nájera Acevedo, is manager of Strategic Ecosystems Conservation at National Forests Institute (INAB) of Guatemala, where she coordinates activities related to strategic ecosystems of the country, especially cloud forests, dry regions and protected areas. She also works in... Read More →
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Piet Wit

Chair, Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Piet Wit graduated at Wageningen University (The Netherlands)  in 1971 on Range Ecology with a focus on Grassland ecolo­gy, Plant taxonomy and -geography of tropical and sub­tropi­cal regions and Entomology. Piet has been working a/o in integrated water management in The Netherlands... Read More →

Friday May 30, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 1