Restoring Hope

Optimizing and aligning restoration goals using spatial data

Project Summary:

Landscape restoration is widely recognized as a key solution for ecosystem degradation, climate change, and desertification. Countries have defined targets around restoration in their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), Land Degradation Neutrality Targets (LDNs), Restoration Strategies, and/or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). However, there is a need to coalesce the different efforts at the international level, as well as to create consensus at the national level on the definition and implementation of priority objectives for national restoration. Furthermore, it is crucial to support these efforts with spatial data that can help countries identify and prioritize areas for restoration.


Support five pilot countries to optimize their restoration priorities by providing key geospatial and policy information around ecosystem restoration and land degradation neutrality.

Participating countries

  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Chile
  • South Africa
  • Kazakhstan


Country Dossiers

National restoration dossiers for participating countries were produced, which include:  

  • National ecosystem restoration overview: governance, challenges, and policy analysis
  • Spatial data for ecosystem restoration: current state of ecosystem restoration, opportunities, potential benefits, costs, climate risks, ecosystem restoration priorities


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English | Spanish


English | Spanish


English | Russian

South Africa


National Consultations

Two national consultations were held in each country to present and validate the dossier and obtain feedback from local experts. After the consultations, the dossiers were updated based on the feedback received. Here are the reports and recordings of each national consultation.