Central America is among the most affected regions by climate change. The frequency and scale of extreme weather events is increasing, causing droughts, floods, landslides, mudslides, fires, the increase of pests and diseases and other phenomena that put the livelihoods of rural populations at risk.
There are many international initiatives such as the Bonn Challenge and the 20×20 Initiativewhere several countries have committed to restore about 52 million hectares in degraded landscapes worldwide. In this context, several countries have initiated planning and implementation processes for the restoration of their degraded and deforested lands through various strategies and restoration plans.
The restoration of forest ecosystems and landscapes ensures important ecosystem services for the population and strengthens resilience to the effects of climate change. A key element for the success of the restoration efforts is Monitoring for it enables government agencies and rural populations to monitor and assess changes in degraded landscapes due to restoration interventions and measure progress of objectives.
International experts in the area of monitoring landscape (forest) restoration met in El Salvador to generate an exchange of experiences on cost-effective tools and methods for structuring a Landscape Restoration Monitoring System by identifying the usefulness, gaps and limitations of various tools for establishing a baseline to measure progress and impacts of restoration.
This meeting was organized by MARN with the support of GIZ, WRI. PRISMA Foundation, CATIE, UN-REDD Programme and FAO, with the participation of monitoring representatives from the governments of Central America and the Dominican Republic, as well as national and international experts, and local actors and authorities from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture of El Salvador.
The workshop was inaugurated by the Minister of Environment of El Salvador, Licda. Lina Pohl who thanked the support of the different speakers for sharing their experience, especially because the country needs these mechanisms that help monitor the impacts of the Program for Restoration of Ecosystems and Landscapes (PREP) that is already being developed in the country, which has set a goal for the restoration of one million hectares.