The Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism


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 Initiative

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  • FAO
  • IUCN
  • UNEP
  • GEF
Assess the vulnerability of Mediterranean forests to climate change was designed in the component 1 of the regional project “Maximize the production of goods and services of Mediterranean forest ecosystems in the context of global changes” funded by the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) and implemented between 2012 and 2016. This method was implemented in five pilot sites in Morocco (Maâmora forest; Belghazi & Mounir 2016), Algeria (Senalba forest; Gacemi 2016), Tunisia (Siliana forest; Aloui & Tounsi 2016), Lebanon (Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve; Navarrete Poyatos et al. 2016) and Turkey (Düzlerçamı forest; Türkeş & Musaoğlu 2016).
Keywords: Burned area, Climate change, Datasets, Post-fire, Resilience
Category: Assessing degradation & Restoration opportunities
Type: Repository of data
Scale: Regional
Dimension: Biophysical, Ecological, Socioeconomic
Organization: FFEM - Fonds Français pour l'Environnement Mondial
Year of publication: 2017
ATLAS aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of climate risk reduction in development programs through tested, harmonized approaches to adaptation assessments; thought leadership; and by building the capacity of USAID and its partners. By integrating adaptation into development investments, ATLAS helps to safeguard and promote sustainable, climate resilient growth.
Keywords: Climate change, Mapping, Resilience, Sustainability
Category: Assessing degradation & Restoration opportunities
Type: Guidance and methods
Scale: Global, Regional, National
Dimension: Management
Organization: USAID
Year of publication:
The FAO Drylands Restoration Initiatives Platform (DRIP) is a response to urgent demands for efforts to arrest dryland degradation and restore degraded lands. Drylands, which cover 41 percent of the earth’s land surface and are home to two billion people, face extraordinary challenges, including those posed by desertification, biodiversity loss, poverty, food insecurity and climate change.
Keywords: Biodiversity, Climate change, Degradation, Drylands, Livelihoods, Sustainable land management
Category: Assessing degradation & Restoration opportunities
Type: Case studies, Repository of data
Scale: Global, Regional
Dimension: Management
Organization: FAO
Year of publication: 2012
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