A new online tool to make restoration decisions easier

Ecosystem restoration is a complex process, from identifying in-need landscapes to determining best practices for planting trees and promoting natural regeneration. To help restoration actors, funders and other partners plan, carry out and monitor successful projects, FAO and World Resources Institute (WRI) have created AURORA, a web application named for Assessment, Understanding and Reporting of Restoration Activities. The application is now live and ready to support users as they make decisions and select desired impacts and indicators, set goals and monitor the progress of their restoration projects.

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Wrap-up: What science can tell us about forest biodiversity in Europe & Launching of SUPERB

The ThinkForest science-policy event organised within the #EUGreenWeek on 30 May in Sibiu, Romania, focused on forest biodiversity and forest restoration while marking the official launch of SUPERB.

SUPERB, Europe’s largest transational forest restoration project, was presented by Elisabeth Pötzelsberger, project coordinator at European Forest Institute (EFI). The project involves more than 100 forest science and practice organizations in 20 different countries and includes 12 large-scale forest restoration demonstration sites across Europe.

After an inspiring keynote by His Royal Highness Prince Charles (read the press release here) and an engaging introduction to SUPERB, Bart Muys from KU Leuven presented EFI’s study on Forest Biodiversity in Europe. The study assesses main threats and trends while discussing management options and policy instruments to govern biodiversity conservation in Europe. Barts insightful speech was followed by a high-level panel discussion covering a broad range of topics from the needed involvement of local communities in biodiversity conservation approaches to the EU Forest Strategy, and from legacies of forest management to the potential of payments for forest ecosystem services.

View the programmespeakers and partners.

SUPERB is funded by Horizon 2020 under Grant Agreement no. 101036849.

An #EUGREENWEEK event