Following CACCC-2019: Restoration and restoration of landscapes are important efforts to respond to climate change

At the end of May 2019, the UNECE and FAO Congress was held in Kyrgyzstan, where the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus discussed how forests can be restored and exchanged experiences. These efforts are being undertaken within the framework of the Astana resolution and the region’s obligations under the Bonn Challenge - to restore more than 2.5 million hectares of forest landscapes by 2030. This commitment is an important stage in forestry activities in the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus.

At the Central Asian Climate Change Conference (СACCC-2019) held in April 2019 in Tashkent, special attention was paid to innovative approaches and concepts, the use of which can be useful in the fight against climate change. One such conceptual innovation is the landscape approach.

Paola Agostini from the World Bank made a presentation on “Restoring Landscapes: From Wastelands to Vital Lands”. She explained why restoration and restoration of landscapes are crucial efforts to respond to climate change.

During the presentation at CACCC-2019, Paola Agostini noted that the next decade will be a decade of ecosystem restoration: “Already 2.5 million has been allocated for these purposes and the following tasks may be more ambitious. And for this we need to work with specific initiatives on the ground.”

The full presentation of Paola Agostini is available here:

Additional information about the landscape approach:

At the international level, there is a need to revise the principles of land policy and land management to include issues related to climate change and natural disasters.

The main innovation of this conceptual approach is to adopt a multidimensional landscape approach that ensures the inclusion of natural resources management and ownership of natural resources in the process of developing land use policies for specific territories.

There is no single definition for the concept of “landscape approach”, but it is increasingly used in the search for compromises between tasks in the field of conservation of land (and other natural) resources and tasks of economic development.

This innovative conceptual approach to land policy is an approach to settlements that are interested in adapting to climate change, with the aim of conducting a systematic assessment of their land values, risks and opportunities in many aspects and then adjusting the mechanisms for owning land and natural resources, models and tools management.

Sources: own information and materials from the Internet.

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Program in the Aral Sea Basin (CAMP4ASB).

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