The mission of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests – to promote the sustainable management of all types of forests – includes efforts to restore degraded and deforested lands. It recognizes that for forests to continue to play their critical role in stabilizing the earth’s climate, providing a home for threatened biodiversity, and supporting the livelihoods of some 1.6 billion people, we must collectively work to restore the extensive share of the global forest estate that has been lost or degraded over time. In April of 2017, CPF members approved a Joint Initiative (JI) on Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR). Through close cooperation with CPF members, the objectives of this JI were developed into a Global Environment Facility (GEF) - supported project, “Fostering Partnership to Build Coherence and Support for Forest Landscape Restoration,” approved by the GEF in June 2018.
This project positions the CPF to play a catalytic role in strengthening national and international support and engagement on FLR. It does so by making full use of the CPF’s role, unique membership, and position within the UN system to enhance coherence and effective engagement among CPF member FLR programs, to strengthen coherence and integration of FLR within national and international policy including REDD+ policies, and by facilitating the mobilization of additional and needed finance for FLR.
The initiative is helping to support effective implementation of the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF) and its six Global Forest Goals and associated targets, particularly Global Forest Goal 6, to “enhance cooperation, coordination, coherence and synergies on forest-related issues at all levels, including within the UN System and across CPF member organizations”. The UNSFP identifies CPF Joint Initiatives and joint programming as critical means for implementation of the UNSPF.
The project has made significant progress in advancing a number of initiatives and outputs and is on track towards achievement of anticipated impacts of strengthening national and international support and engagement on FLR.
Key achievements to date include the following:
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has affected the timely delivery of a number of activities and the project has been extended to April 2021. Project partners are presently working to complete the remaining set of project activities.
Key work underway to be completed by project closure:
For additional inquiries and information on this Joint Initiative on FLR please contact the IUCN project coordinator, Joshua Schneck, at [email protected]