AREST proposes to support the implementation of India's NDC and LDN pledges by targeting restoration
through multiple interventions such as conservation, agroforestry, and reforestation aimed at enhancing rural livelihoods, food security, and ecosystem services; and improving policies and governance for managing commons, and other public and private lands. The ‘AREST approach’ brings together scientific rigor and grassroots engagements for achieving pluralistic goals of climate and human well-being through ecological restoration.
AREST looks at restoring degraded lands through ecosystem restoration on four types of ecosystems across India’s semi-arid and sub-humid zones. These are:
The alliance will collaborate on scientific evidence-based assessments on carbon sequestration and other co-benefits from restoration such as biodiversity conservation, hydrological security, and rural employment to channel finance for policy recommendations to meet the restoration target. For this purpose, the following activities are being carried out: