Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The value of restoring our lands

According to a recent WRI report, restoring our forests and agricultural lands has an amazing return on investment

Studies estimate that every $1 invested in restoring degraded forests can yield between $7 and $30 in economic benefits (Verdone and Seidl 2017). The impact extends well beyond the environmental sphere: Restoring 150 million hectares of degraded agricultural land could generate $85 billion in net benefits to national and local economies, and provide $30–40 billion a year in extra income for smallholder farmers and additional food for close to 200 million people (GCEC 2014)
The report explains what has gotten in the way of making these investments and how we can turn it around.

 http://www.wri.org/sites/default/files/roots-of-prosperity.pdf

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