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Dryland Restoration Initiative Platform (DRIP)

The FAO Drylands Restoration Initiatives Platform (DRIP) is a response to urgent demands for efforts to arrest dryland degradation and restore degraded lands. Drylands, which cover 41 percent of the earth’s land surface and are home to two billion people, face extraordinary challenges, including those posed by desertification, biodiversity loss, poverty, food insecurity and climate change.

Objectives

DRIP aims to capture, evaluate and share knowledge on dryland restoration, taking advantage of the significant gains in sustainable management and restoration that have been made by governments, local communities, non-governmental organizations, the scientific and research community as well as other stakeholders. These gains, successes and lessons learned, if identified and analysed, could inspire others. That, in turn, could lead to the replication and scaling up of successful efforts nationally, regionally and worldwide, including advancing implementation by governments and regional restoration commitments such as the global Bonn Challenge, AFR 100 and Africa’s Great Green Wall. To this end, DRIP hosts a tool that captures this information from users via an easy-to-understand questionnaire that can be completed in a few minutes.

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The platform was developed after FAO conducted a comprehensive analysis, evaluation and documentation of afforestation, reforestation and restoration projects, programmes and initiatives in drylands. Following that analysis, the monitoring tool  was tested and subsequently evolved and launched as the FAO Drylands Restoration Initiatives Platform to share knowledge and experience via the interactive web platform DRIP.

This platform will support practitioners, project managers, and policy-makers in collecting and analysing data. It will also help in capturing and sharing lessons learned from restoration initiatives, thus advancing the monitoring and assessment of these initiatives and tracking progress in implementation and impacts of restoration initiatives at national, regional and global levels.


Advancing restoration efforts in drylands by

 

Compiling and analysing data from projects and initiatives

 

Capturing and sharing lessons learned

 

Facilitating communication and networking among restoration actors in drylands worldwide

What is DRIP?

Dryland forests and trees play a vital role in preventing soil erosion and desertification, supporting livelihoods, contributing to poverty reduction, and mitigating climate change. These systems help to support the millions of people who live in the world’s dry areas and, thus, ultimately contribute to FAO’s mandate of achieving food security and the Agenda 2030. If properly managed, these forests and trees can also help tackle other global challenges such as poverty, biodiversity loss and climate change. Yet demands on dryland forests and trees are high and rising, resulting in rapid depletion of these resources and ultimately leading to land degradation and desertification.

Many well-tested restoration practices and techniques, both traditional and modern, can prevent or reverse degradation. It is estimated that, on average, the benefits of restoration are 10 times higher than the costs, and many successful restoration examples can be found across ecosystems worldwide and in particular in drylands.

The FAO Dryland Restoration Initiative, which began work in 2012, is designed to support restoration efforts worldwide, by providing accurate information and knowledge sharing.

The DRIP platform

Practitioners and managers from all over the world can voluntarily report on their restoration initiatives using DRIP’s survey form. This ensures the information gathered and processed will produce standardized data which can then help any users to design local projects, track and report progress, and analyse project elements contributing to success or failure. DRIP users also have access to a large database of case studies, contact lists of experts, and the accumulated lessons learned to adapt their own project management and make corrections.


The DRIP platform is currently in a test phase, available only in English, and will be launched more broadly and made available in French and Spanish in the coming months. For more information, please write DRIP@fao.org.

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