Healing the Wounded Land: The Role of Public Economic Incentives in Scaling Up Restoration Efforts in Six Latin American Countries

February 2022

by René Zamora-Cristales, Maggie Gonzalez, Victoria Rachmaninoff, Maria Franco Chuaire, Walter Vergara, Ronnie De Camino, Andriana Miljanic, Marioldy Sanchez, Luis Hilton, Claudio Cabrera Gaillard and Felipe Carazo

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Land restoration is an effective nature-based solution for combating rural poverty and climate change across Latin America. But without well-designed public incentives that reward farmers and forest managers for protecting and growing trees, it will be difficult to achieve the region's food security, climate, forest conservation, and biodiversity goals. This issue brief evaluates the public incentives of six Latin American countries and calculates how much they pay farmers and other landholders that restore land.


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