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The Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism (FLRM)

Activities

To scale-up the FLR efforts within countries and from a country to a regional and global level, as well as to ensure sustainability of Forest and Landscape Restoration efforts, the FLR Mechanism operates to promote networking and support partnerships, striving for increased intersectoral collaborations. It also explores investment opportunities and greater involvement of the private sector to develop appropriate value chains linked to Forest and Landscape Restoration opportunities. 

At country level, the FLR Mechanism is currently implementing national work plans for the period 2015-2018 in several countries with multiple outputs on: (i) Governance, institutional support and enabling environment of Forest and Landscape Restoration,      (ii) Facilitate the access of national institutions to sustainable financing for Forest and Landscape Restoration (Public, Private and/or climate financing instruments such as GCF) and (iii) Pilot actions focused on the implementation of innovative models, potentially replicable in other regions within each selected country, and implemented in synergy with other existing FAO projects and/or in partnership with other GPFLR members.

At the regional level, the FLR Mechanism is involved in several regional dynamics such as the Initiative 20x20 in Latin America led by WRI, the African Restoration Initiative 100 (AFR 100) led by NEPAD, the recent discussions for the preparation of a regional strategy and action plan on Forest and Landscape Restoration in the Asia-Pacific region led by the FAO regional office in Bangkok and the implementation of regional restoration efforts proposed in the context of the Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests, adopted in 2013 under the Umbrella of the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions-Silva Mediterranea led by FAO. Those regional initiatives mainly aim to facilitate the implementation of national commitments by improving: (i) knowledge sharing on good practices on Forest and Landscape Restoration, (ii) financial resources mobilization (both from the public and private sectors), (iii) capacity development of key stakeholders involved in Forest and Landscape Restoration initiatives and (iv) the use of harmonized tools/methodologies to assess and monitor Forest and Landscape Restoration efforts.

At the global level, the FLR Mechanism is also involved in several common initiatives of GPFLR members in terms of capacity development, sustainable finance and monitoring for Forest and Landscape Restoration mainly with support to: (i) capacity development workshops for government officials jointly organized with the CBD Secretariat on ecosystem restoration in West Africa (Ghana), Latin America (Colombia) and Asia-Pacific (Thailand), (ii) publication of working papers and policy briefs on Sustainable Financing for Forest and Landscape Restoration and (iii) Organization of the “Drylands & Forest and Landscape Restoration Monitoring Week” (Rome, April 2016) in order to consolidate, with several GPFLR members and other relevant institutions, a collective roadmap to support countries’ efforts for monitoring and reporting on Forest and Landscape Restoration.