One of the major and growing environmental challenges of the 21st century will be the rehabilitation and restoration of forests and degraded lands. Notwithstanding the largescale restoration projects initiated in Africa and Asia as of the 1970s, the current level of interest in forest and landscape restoration is more recent. With the adoption of the strategic plan of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity for 2011-2020, a strong new impetus has been given not only to halt degradation, but to reverse it. The plan states that, by 2020, 15 percent of all degraded lands should be restored. This target is consistent with the Bonn Challenge, which calls for restoring 150 million hectares of degraded land by 2020

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Not long ago, when large mammals harmed people we talked of accidents; when they damaged people’s assets we referred to incidents. Nowadays, human/wildlife conflicts are regarded as common occurrences. It seems that what were once considered exceptional or abnormal events have become normal or usual. Whether this is a result of higher frequency and amplitude is not clear, because we do not have reliable statistics to make accurate comparisons.

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