The Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism

The Restoration Initiative

The Restoration Initiative (TRI) unites ten Asian and African countries and three Global Environment Facility (GEF) agencies – The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) – in working to overcome existing barriers to restoration and restore degraded landscapes at scale and in support of the Bonn Challenge.


TRI brings the combined expertise of FAO, IUCN and UNEP, they work in partnership with ten countries where significant restoration opportunities exist, under a flexible framework that addresses common and key barriers to restoration. By bringing these unique stakeholders together under the shared objective of restoring degraded and deforested landscapes, the initiative provides enhanced opportunities for South-South knowledge exchange, capacity development, and cost savings.

For each partnering country, project interventions include work in four key areas:

  1. Policy development and integration enhancing the in-country enabling environment for Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR);
  2. Implementation of restoration programmes and complementary initiatives providing direct support for implementation of integrated landscape restoration work and providing scalable models for wider uptake;
  3. Capacity building and finance mobilisation supporting efforts to unlock and mobilise additional funding for FLR, and to strengthen and enhance the abilities of countries, institutions and people to plan and manage FLR; and
  4. Knowledge sharing and partnerships providing support for the capture and sharing of innovative experiences and best practices, raising awareness of FLR needs and opportunities and developing and strengthening critical partnerships.