Sustainable Forest Management Impact Program on Dryland Sustainable Landscapes



The 2022 edition of The State of the World’s Forests explores the potential of three forest pathways for achieving green recovery and tackling environmental crises, including climate change and biodiversity loss.


The study "Valuing, restoring and managing presumed drylands: Cerrado, Miombo–Mopane woodlands and the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau" confirms the existence of 1 075 million hectares of presumed drylands that are under threat from unsustainable use and climate change.


The paper will also present case studies portraying actions that have led to progress in sustainability and are directly related to the expected transformations. A related policy brief Blooming Drylands will complement the paper and offer practical recommendations on how policymakers can reach the expected transformations.


This white paper introduces the Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Program (DSL-IP), to be launched at GLF Africa 2021: Restoring Africa’s Drylands.


Seeking to catalyse a focus on drylands, the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO), at its twenty-second session in 2014, called for action and investment in dryland assessment, monitoring, sustainable management and restoration. This report has been produced in response to that request.