Exploring world class landscape restoration; WCMT

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Exploring world class landscape restoration; WCMT

Pete Whitbread-Abrutat was awarded a prestigious Travelling Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) to research world class landscape restoration projects in the USA, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. He visited a range of ecosystems including tropical and temperate forest ecosystems, tropical islands, wetlands and drylands affected by large-scale disturbances, such as mining, tourism, agriculture, logging and urban encroachment.

Pete’s WCMT fellowship aimed to:

  • Identify and understand the main challenges to delivering world class landscape restoration projects.
  • Identify and understand the elements of success required to deliver world class landscape restoration projects.
  • Develop a set of generic recommendations that should apply to almost any project anywhere.

The following landscape restoration projects were visited and investigated, with in-depth discussions with key actors and extensive site visits at each location (click on the orange text to reach the page for that specific project):

The WCMT project analysed the detailed stories behind each initiative, summarising them as a range of generic challenges and success factors that aimed to stimulate and inspire thinking on landscape restoration possibilities and opportunities elsewhere, particularly with respect to the international mining industry. Pete’s WCMT report, Exploring World Class Landscape Restoration is available to download here.

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