¡Restaure! Lessons from Initiative 20x20

August 6, 2020

by Mary Gronkiewicz, Will Anderson, and Yusra Sahnouni | Initiative 20x20 Secretariat

¡Restaure! Lessons from Initiative 20x20

Initiative 20x20 invites you to join us as we explore critical issues for the landscape restoration movement in Latin America and the Caribbean. This webinar series, ¡Restaure! Lessons from Initiative 20x20, features presentations and collaborative discussions among experts and practitioners. Join the conversation on Twitter at @restoreforward and with #Initiative20x20.

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Achieving Economic Development through Land Restoration – August 25, 2020

In this webinar, experts, including IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno, focused on the need to arrest unsustainable land use practices in LAC and convert the agriculture, forest, and other land use (AFOLU) sector from one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in the region into the foundation of a green, circular economy.

The Future of Land Use and Climate Action in Latin America – August 5, 2020

In this webinar, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Echandí, Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, and Carolina Schmidt, President of COP25 and Minister of Environment of Chile, discussed the climate change mitigation and adaptation potential of restoring and conserving land in Latin America.

Connecting Ambitions for Restoration of Forest Landscapes with the Process of Updating and Improving NDCs in Latin America – July 1, 2020

Initiative 20x20, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) organized this webinar with the aim of sharing updated information on the role of forest and landscape restoration for mitigating and adapting to climate change in Latin American countries.

The Business of Carbon Markets in Restoration: Practical Experiences and Monitoring Tools – June 24, 2020


During this event, the panelists examined practical experiences on businesses that tap into carbon markets, including the perspectives of the private sector and non-governmental organizations. They began to answer the question of their role in implementing landscape restoration in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Exotic and Native Species in Restoration: What is the Best Combination for a Sustainable Landscape? – June 10, 2020

Experts examined the role of exotic and native species in restoring Latin America and the Caribbean's degraded landscapes. This issue is frequently a source of controversy between government authorities, implementers, and environmentalists. The goal of this webinar was to provide participants with a science-based overview of the role of exotic species in ecosystems and to discuss real cases where the combination of exotic and native species has improved the state of landscapes in Latin America.


From the Idea to the Company: Tools and Methods for the Expansion of the Restoration Business – May 27, 2020


During this event, Initiative 20x20 examined the challenges that restoration business face and presented two programs: Activa-Catie Business Lab and the Verena Project. These initiatives promote the economic viability and environmental benefits of providing companies access to mentors, technical training and possible sources of financing.


Mainstreaming Bird Conservation – May 6, 2020

In honor of World Migratory Bird Day on May 9th, Initiative 20x20’s Task Force on Biodiversity teamed up with the American Bird Conservancy to present a special webinar on linkages between species conservation and landscape restoration.


Threats to Endangered Parrot Species in Central America – April 22, 2020


Carlos Barriga Vallejo, site leader of Pronatura Noreste, and Colum Muccio, Development Director of ARCAS Guatemala, presented two case studies on the protection of parrots in danger of extinction in Mexico and the illegal trafficking of the Yellow-Nosed Parrot in Guatemala. They also discussed how tools like Global Forest Watch (GFW) can support biodiversity monitoring in the region.


The Global Forest Transition – February 27, 2020

In this webinar, Dr. Claude Garcia of CIRAD/ETH Zurich discussed the Global Forest Transition, a proposal to invite 20 world leaders- women, men, CEOs, influencers, thinkers, and activists - to spend three days in residence to rethink global forest governance.