Summary: Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is rapidly gaining traction as a unifying theme in national and subnational forestry programs. In 2009, a group from the World Resources Institute, IUCN and South Dakota State University published an influential global map of “forest and landscape restoration opportunities” which identified ca. 2 billion ha of land worldwide suitable for restoration, including 1.5 billion ha suitable for “mosaic restoration” or incorporation of forest and trees in mixed use agricultural, agroforestry or urban landscapes, and 0.5 billion ha suitable for closed forest restoration. FLR is currently undergoing a rapid expansion, as countries commit to large-scale restoration in response to the Bonn Challenge and attract donor and investors. To date, some 40 countries have pledged to restore 160 million ha.

While this is a positive trend, it must be stressed that establishing opportunities for restoration requires much more than a map indicating the differential between actual and potential forest cover and proceeding to launch activities. Significant capacities are required for landscape planning and cross sector coordination. Local contributions to decision-making and management are key to preventing the inappropriate application of policies, laws and support systems. While lessons may be shared from country to country and some specific approaches may work from one system to another, there are no one-size fits-all solutions. This session aims to explore and identify the emerging, understudied issues or else a topic where CIFOR can be at the edge in this overcrowded field.


Key issues the session will address:
* FTA and cross-CRP collaboration around the restoration issue
* Monitoring and measuring FLR outcomes
* Food Security and Restoration
* Institutional and governance issues related to AFR100
* NDCs, climate Change and FLR


Speakers: Vincent Gitz, Manuel Guariguata, Rosa Roman-Cuesta, Habtemariam Kassa, Houria Djoudi
Moderator: Himlal Baral


Session format: Brief presentation, discussion and Q&A


Participants: everybody interested in Forest Landscape Restoration


Recommended reading:
Participatory monitoring to connect local and global priorities for forest restoration

Financing FLR: What to consider for a sustainable investment

Enhancing food security through forest landscape restoration


Additional reading:

How to take forest landscape restoration to the next level

Natural regeneration as a tool for large-scale forest restoration in the tropics: prospects and challenges

Forest Landscape Restoration in Hilly and Mountainous Regions: Special Issue

40 Years of Restoration in Nepal


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