UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: looking back at evidence that can make a difference
One of the key learnings from this persisting pandemic scenario has been:‘no one is safe until everyone is’. This holds equally true when viewed from the prism of the environment – and the detrimental effects of its neglect. The world needs a future that works for all people, all species, everywhere. Earlier this month, on 5 June, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
was launched, calling on governments, organizations and the private sector to do their part. We looked back at some of the evidence that 3ie has produced, that can provide some insight for decision-makers.
Incentivizing landowners to conserve and restore ecosystems
: Despite their increasing popularity, key policy questions around the effectiveness of payment for environmental services (PES) on environmental and socio-economic outcomes remain unanswered. Our mixed-method systematic review
examines the effectiveness of 18 PES programmes in 12 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia and Pacific, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The main findings are summarized in this blog
Does decentralized forest management work?
We also produced a systematic review
that examines the evidence on the effects of decentralized forest management (DFM) interventions on deforestation and poverty outcomes. The findings suggest positive, though modest, effects overall of DFM on deforestation. You can also read the main highlights in this blog
Understanding the gaps in evidence:
What is abundantly clear is the urgent need to generate rigorous evidence and undertake more research to analyze concrete policy outcomes. By identifying key gaps where little or no evidence is available, 3ie has developed various evidence gap maps of existing evidence on forest conservation
programmes as well as a gap map on the impact of land use change
and forestry programmes on greenhouse gas emissions and on food security.