Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology

04 December 2013 | Article

Please join us for a special session launching a Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology, including examples of national assessments that have taken place recently in Ghana, Mexico, Rwanda and Guatemala, among other countries.

The session is hosted by the Program on Forests, in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the World Resources Institute, as a contribution to the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration.

Live streaming of the event available form this link: mms://

When: Monday 9 December, 15:00 -17:00

Reception to follow 17:00 – 19:00

Where: World Bank, 1818 H St NW, Washington DC 20433 13th Floor Boardroom (MC13 -121)

External visitors: please RSVP and request a visitor's pass by emailing Rosalie Trinidad at

Recent developments have seen the restoration of forest landscapes move swiftly out of the wings and take center-stage, widely recognized as an important means of not only restoring ecological integrity at scale but also generating local-to-global benefits by boosting livelihoods, economies, food and fuel production and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

These developments include the 2011 launch of the Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares by 2020 and the impressive response to this challenge as countries around the world are committing to ambitious restoration strategies.This is a real breakthrough moment for worldwide action on restoring the world’s degraded and deforested landscapes. We know the potential is huge – a recent global assessment of restoration potential found more than two billion hectares of land that would benefit from restoration.

Realizing this potential requires honing in on where it counts – in countries. Supporting national efforts to assess forest landscape restoration potential is key here, as these assessments are an important first step in a country’s restoration journey and can inform and drive national restoration strategies while contributing to achieving a suite of national development objectives.

The launch of the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology will draw on examples of national assessments that have taken place recently in Ghana, Mexico, Rwanda and Guatemala, among others. Each of these assessments has been tailored to national circumstances and this diversity is reflected in the methodology.

Participants are then invited to a “Restorative Reception” to mark the occasion, from 17:00 - 19:00, hosted by the World Bank.