How restoration initiatives begin, again and again

From teaching students how to use native species to restore landscapes in South America to coordinating the European Tropical Forest Research Network, Horst Freiberg’s extensive career in landscape restoration is as diverse as the ecosystems he has helped nurture back to health.

While serving as a head of division at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), focused on managing forests’ role in national and international climate change and biodiversity issues, Freiberg had the idea of restoring hundreds of millions of hectares of land, which in 2011 materialized into the Bonn Challenge. More recently, he co-conceived the new UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration with El Salvador’s environment minister Lina Pohl.

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