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Restoring degraded land: contributing to Aichi Targets 14, 15, and beyond

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  • Laetitia M. Navarro, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • Alexandra Marques, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • Vânia Proença, Universidade de Lisboa, Unknown
  • Silvia Ceausu
  • Bárbara Gonçalves, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, CESAM, University of Aveiro
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  • César Capinha, Universidade do Porto
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  • Miguel Fernandez, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
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  • Jonas Geldmann, Statens Naturhistoriske Museum, University of Cambridge, Denmark
  • Henrique M. Pereira, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Universidade do Porto, Germany
Restoration ecology is gaining momentum on the international conservation scene. In particular, restoring degraded ecosystems is central to Aichi Biodiversity Targets 14 and 15 set by the Convention on Biological Diversity. Depending on the definition of degradation, from 2 to 47% of the global land surface could require restoration. Here, we review the range of goals and approaches to restoration, from active interventions to more passive approaches such as rewilding. We identify biodiversity offsets, payments for ecosystem services and agri-enviromental schemes as enabling policy mechanisms for restoration. Finally, we assess national conservation targets to examine the potential multifaceted impacts of achieving Aichi Targets 14 and 15 on biodiversity and society.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume29
Pages (from-to)207-214
Number of pages8
ISSN1877-3435
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Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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