The Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism


At the regional and sub-regional level, the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism (FLRM) plays a leading role in facilitating forest and landscape restoration (FLR) through major initiatives in Africa, Latin America, the Asia-Pacific and the Mediterranean region. These efforts flourish with the support of key partners involved in the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the World Research Institute and the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

In Africa, the FLRM is involved with the Bonn Challenge decentralized process titled the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100), which aims to bring 100 million hectares (ha) of degraded forest landscapes into the process of restoration by 2030. In partnership with the Regional Office in Accra, the FLRM is providing direct support with financial resources and the provision of targeted technical assistance, focusing on monitoring frameworks, resource mobilization efforts and capacity-building workshops. The Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative, implemented across 22 countries, is one of Africa’s large-scale efforts to which the FLRM is contributing to reverse land degradation and desertification in the Sahel and Sahara, boost food security and support climate change adaptation.

As a highlight of the FLRM’s work in the Asia-Pacific, the Regional strategy and action plan for forest and landscape restoration in Asia-Pacific was approved in October 2017 during a session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission held in Colombo, Sri-Lanka. The mission of this publication is to mobilize finances for FLR, to strengthen stakeholder engagement and FLR sustainability, and to enhance learning and collaboration on FLR. In partnership with the Regional Office in Bangkok and the Subregional Office in Apia, the FLRM is providing direct financial support to the implementation of this strategy and action plan.

In the Mediterranean region, the FLRM coordinates Mediterranean-based FLR in support of the Agadir Commitment in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Committee of Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of FAO that inserts Mediterranean forest questions into a participatory process as a catalyst for their management. Silva Mediterranea oversees five working groups on forest fires; cork oak and non-timber forest products; forest genetic resources; urban and peri-urban forestry; and desertification and restoration in Mediterranean drylands. The Mediterranean Youth Task Force (MYTF) is the youth branch of Silva Mediterranea. It is a self-led youth network based on a participatory structure and coordinated by a Direction Board. Moreover, Silva Mediterranea and its partners are committed to organizing a Mediterranean Forest Week every two years as a common regional platform for cooperation on Mediterranean forests.