¡Restaure! Webinars from Initiative 20x20

April 15, 2021

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

¡Restaure! Webinars 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! Webinars 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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Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Action in Latin America

At the COP26 Global Landscapes Forum Climate conference, Initiative 20x20 gathered leaders from government and impact investment firms to discuss their perspectives on implementing nature-based solutions. The event featured Ministers Andrea Meza of Costa Rica, Silvano Tjong-Ahin of Suriname, Orlando Habet of Belize, as well as Viceministers Jose Muro and Alfredo Mamani of Peru and Juan Nicolas Galarza of Colombia. Directors from Mirova Natural Capital, &Green Fund, and HSBC shared their insights on breaking through the bottlenecks to invest in restoration.

Public policies and private investment for conservation and landscape restoration in Latin America

During COP26, Initiative 20x20 invited Minister Carlos Correa of Colombia, Minister Fernando Mattos of Uruguay, and CEOs of impact investment firms to discuss aligning public policies with private investment to promote landscape restoration and conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean. This panel was held with the support of the European Investment Bank and the Benelux Union.

Elements for a Sustainable Pantanal - October 5, 2021

How can we protect and sustainably manage the world's largest tropical wetlands? In a keynote speech, Secretary Jamie Verruck from SEMAGRO Mato Grosso do Sul shared what the Brazilian state has done to conserve the Pantanal.

A Decade for Ecosystem Restoration and Women’s Empowerment  – September 8, 2021

Women play a critical role in ecosystem restoration initiatives across Latin America and the Caribbean: as the primary providers of care and domestic work, they are uniquely positioned to advocate for the well-being of their communities. Initiative 20x20, Bosques Modelo, and Universidad Technológica de Pereira invited experts from diverse sectors to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in the field. Panelists also shared how we can build on the momentum of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to increase women's participation in restoration projects.


Carbon Markets as an Opportunity to Finance Landscape Restoration - June 30, 2021

Carbon markets have proven to be an alternative source of income for projects related to land use. In this webinar co-organized by Verra and Initiative 20x20, speakers explored the possibilities and challenges surrounding carbon markets and how this can influence landscape restoration.

Landscape Restoration and its Role in NDC Adaptation Goals – June 23, 2021

From agroforestry to assisted natural regeneration, landscape restoration techniques can directly mitigate the risks associated with climate change. Organized in partnership with IUFRO and FAO, this webinar shared innovative restoration strategies for climate adaptation in Latin America.


Scaling Up Voluntary Carbon Markets in Latin America – April 14, 2021

To meet the rising demand for carbon credits, the current market will need to increase at least 15 times in size. Recognizing this urgent need to scale up, the Institute of International Finance has established a Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM). Panelists came together to discuss the Taskforce and its implications for restoration in Latin America.


Carbon Markets for Nature-Based Solutions: A Regulatory Framework – December 16, 2020

For nature-based solutions like protecting and restoring forests to deliver on their potentially massive climate impact, we have to mobilize substantial investment from all sources – including the private sector. Initiative 20x20 invited Frances Seymour and Mary Grady, international director of the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions (ART), to present a new approach for national and subnational governments to quantify, monitor, report on, and verify their forest-related greenhouse emission reductions.


Combining Forest Conservation and Biodiversity Protection: The Case of Conexión Jaguar – November 18, 2020

Conexión Jaguar, developed by ISA, South Pole and Panthera, works with local communities to restore forests and protect biodiversity throughout jaguar corridors in Latin America. During this event, managers shared lessons from the program and discussed its benefits to both people and the environment.


Four Operational Challenges for Scaling Landscape Restoration – October 28, 2020 

The magnitude of national restoration commitments requires innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions. During this event, panelists shared four successful strategies to overcome the challenges of scaling landscape restoration.


From Carbon Source to Carbon Sink: Using Regenerative Agriculture to Mitigate Climate Change – September 30, 2020 

In this webinar, Thomas Casten, Board Member of the Climate Institute,Marie-Ange Ngo Bieng, Researcher at CIRAD, and Ruben Echeverría, Director General Emeritus at CIAT and Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute explored how agriculture can play a significant role in the achievement of climate goals, particularly in Latin American countries, without compromising our ability to feed the growing global population.


Wetlands and Livelihoods — Restoration Experiences in Latin America – September 16, 2020 

This webinar highlighted specific examples of actions that have communities as protagonists of wetland restoration. The selected experiences seek to share technical approaches and solutions to the particular needs of different community groups in Argentina, Peru and Colombia.


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.