The Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism

ASSESSMENT OF DEGRADATION / RESTORATION OPPORTUNITIES

Land degradation affects both the environment and people’s livelihoods. Restoration activities will revert the negative effects of degradation, providing environmental and economic benefits. Identifying degraded areas and assessing their level of degradation is crucial to determine which areas should be restored and to establish priorities amongst those areas. The identification of relevant restoration options by local stakeholders is also an important step to ensure long-term sustainability and efficacy. This module has been developed in the context of the GEF6 funded program The Restoration Initiative (TRI).

The Restoration Initivative

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  • FAO
  • IUCN
  • UNEP
  • GEF
The focus of LADA/WOCAT tools is on assessment of both land degradation and the response to the problem through SLM best practices. Repeating/updating of the assessment provides data for monitoring over time. Creation of a knowledge base for informed decision making on SLM mainstreaming and outscaling
Keywords: Degradation, Drylands, Sustainable land management
Category: Assessing degradation & Restoration opportunities, Monitoring & Evaluation
Type: Guidance and methods, Software, Case studies, Repository of data
Scale: Global, Regional, National, Local
Dimension: Biophysical, Ecological, Socioeconomic, Management
Organization: FAO - AGL
Year of publication: 2010
Collect Earth is a tool that enables data collection through Google Earth. In conjunction with Google Earth, Bing Maps and Google Earth Engine, users can analyze high and very high resolution satellite imagery for a wide variety of purposes, including: Support multi-phase National Forest Inventories; Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) assessments; Monitoring agricultural land and urban areas; Validation of existing maps; Collection of spatially explicit socio-economic data; Quantifying deforestation, reforestation and desertification
Keywords: Data collection, Land use change, Mapping
Category: Assessing degradation & Restoration opportunities, Monitoring & Evaluation
Type: Guidance and methods, Software
Scale: Global
Dimension: Biophysical, Ecological
Organization: FAO - FOA
Year of publication:
Application to design field forms, it is as entry point for data collected in field-based inventories using Collect Mobile or copying paper froms, and it cleans the collected data. It provides a fast, easy, flexible way to set up a survey with a user-friendly interface. Collect handles multiple data types and complex validation rules, all in a multilanguage environment.
Keywords: Data collection
Category: Assessing degradation & Restoration opportunities, Monitoring & Evaluation
Type: Software, Repository of data
Scale:
Dimension: Biophysical, Ecological
Organization: FAO - FOA
Year of publication:
Recent developments have seen forest landscape restoration (FLR) become widely recognized as an important means of not only restoring ecological integrity at scale but also generating additional local-to-global benefits. This handbook presents the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), which provides a flexible and affordable framework for countries to rapidly identify and analyse FLR potential and locate special areas of opportunity at a national or sub-national level. The handbook offers practical advice and options to bear in mind when considering or conducting an FLR assessment using ROAM, as well as real-life examples of the kinds of outputs you can expect, and will enable you to commission or design a tailor-made process to meet your specific needs. This "road-test" edition of the handbook is being circulated to engage others in the process of learning about -- and improving -- the methodology. A revised version of the handbook will be published at a later date in order to integrate learning from the road-testing process.
Keywords: Carbon, Mapping, Modelling
Category: Assessing degradation & Restoration opportunities, Monitoring & Evaluation
Type: Guidance and methods, Software, Case studies
Scale: Global, Regional, National
Dimension: Ecological, Socioeconomic, Governance & Participation
Organization: IUCN
Year of publication: 2014
The LDSF is designed to provide a biophysical baseline at landscape level, and a monitoring and evaluation framework for assessing processes of land degradation and the effectiveness of rehabilitation measures (recovery) over time
Keywords: Degradation
Category: Assessing degradation & Restoration opportunities, Monitoring & Evaluation
Type: Guidance and methods
Scale: Local
Dimension: Biophysical, Ecological
Organization: ICRAF
Year of publication: 2015
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