28 Oct '16, 1pm

Restoring Degraded Land in Latin America Can Bring Billions in Economic Benefits

Imagine a landscape, baked by a hot tropical sun, where almost nothing grows. The dirt is compacted and bone dry, the grasses are sparse and weedy, and it is quiet — there’s no sound of the livestock that used to roam here or the wildlife before that. After years of unchecked deforestation and heavy grazing, this badly degraded land provides few environmental benefits, and no longer makes money for the communities that once depended on it. New research shows that bringing life back to these damaged landscapes through landscape restoration can generate billions of dollars of profit for farmers, investors and society. A new WRI report, The Economic Case For Landscape Restoration In Latin America , finds that that restoring 20 million hectares (49 million acres) of degraded lands in Latin America and the Caribbean by adding trees and improving farming practices would yield $2...

Full article: http://www.wri.org/blog/2016/10/restoring-degraded-land-l...

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