The focus of this global Standard is assessment of the performance of forest ecosystem restoration at the field level, in tropical, temperate and boreal biomes. It provides a structured approach and detailed checklist for verification of field performance in implementing forest ecosystem restoration. The approach blends technical, environmental, social and economic attributes.
Forest ecosystem restoration may include use of techniques such as management of natural forest succession, agroforestry, tree planting through reforestation, or rewilding. Priority is placed on use of native species, but also allowing the use of alien species where such species provide “nursing” or similar qualities, leading towards the re-establishment of natural forest cover or ecosystem function. Depending on the site, restoration may include a focus not only on forest or trees, but other constituent elements of the target natural forest ecosystem, e.g. wetlands, riparian zones, etc.
This standard was designed to audit performance at any scale (small to large) and any time point in an ongoing restoration process or project (i.e. implementation of restoration interventions has started). The current version 1.0 has undergone public consultation during the period of 17 September - 17 November 2020 (Click here to read more), and is currently under field testing.
A new version of the standard using input from field-tests will be available by mid 2021.