The Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism

The Restoration Factory: a business accelerator to achieve the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration goals


Attend the joint UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and FAO side event on the Restoration Factory at the 16th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) on Thursday, 29 April 2021 at 19:30–20:45 CET (1:30 pm - 2:45 pm EST). Register here!

The Restoration Factory is an e-learning programme developed by UNEP, FAO and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that supports entrepreneurs in the development of enticing business models for restoration.

This side event will showcase the ways in which this programme can harness the expertise of a community of private sector mentors who are committed to guiding mentees through each step of their business discovery journey. The programme borrows concepts and notions from some of the world’s best business development curriculums, including the MIT’s disciplined entrepreneur method. Moreover, the participants will hear about the latest developments and plans for the official launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.


Introduction -Tiina Vähänen, Deputy Director, Forestry Division, FAO

Keynote remarks - H.E. Martin Kimani, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations

Update on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration - Tim Christophersen, Head, Nature for Climate Branch, UNEP 

Panel discussion:

  • Kick-off presentation: The Restoration Factory context and approach - Jonathan Gheyssens, Coordinator FI Africa, UNEP

  • Bridging the gap: Making restoration business a reality - Julie Murat, Co-founder and COO Bridge for Billions

  • Challenges and opportunities of scaling-up restoration - Martin Belcher, Global Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning, Partnerships for Forests

Questions & Answer session and guidance from the UNFF delegates and Collaborative Partnership on Forests members 

Wrap up and closure - Tiina Vähänen, Deputy Director, Forestry Division, FAO

Read the detailed agenda here.

For more information, please contact [email protected]