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Release: Degraded Land in Latin America Could Yield Billions if Restored, Shows New Report

by Christin VanZant last modified Nov 02, 2016 06:37 PM
Contributors: World Resources Institute
New analysis shows that restoration of degraded and deforested land represents a major investment opportunity for governments, investors, farmers and landowners.

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WASHINGTON (October 28, 2016) – A new report from World Resources Institute finds that degraded land in Latin America is an untapped economic opportunity that can deliver billions of dollars in returns while improving environmental productivity and storing carbon. The report, The Economic Case for Landscape Restoration in Latin America finds that achieving Initiative 20x20’s goal of restoring 20 million hectares of land in Latin America and the Caribbean could yield net benefits of at least $23 billion over 50 years, an amount equivalent to about 10% of the value of food exports from the region.



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