FLR
After Restoration, Ansai, Shaanxi, Loess Plateau, China 2009 c John Liu

There are over 2 billion hectares of degraded and deforested land across the world - places that have lost their ability to provide nature's benefits to people and the planet.  Together we can restore them.

Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) is a process that aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human well being in deforested or degraded forest landscapes.

It involves people coming together to restore the function and productivity of degraded forest lands - through a variety of place-based interventions, including new tree plantings, managed natural regeneration, or improved land management.  FLR relies on active stakeholder engagement in the process and can accommodate a mosaic of different land uses, including agriculture, agroforestry, protected wildlife reserves, regenerated forests, managed plantations, and riverside plantings to protect waterways, just to name a few. 

FLR is a more than just planting trees – it is restoring a full landscape “forward” to meet present and future need and provide multiple benefits and accommodate multiple uses over time. Regenerated forests can buffer wildlife reserves, protect water supplies, or encourage agroforestry economies. FLR is placed based and fluid.  
 

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Latest news on Forest Landscape Restoration from IUCN


Opening remarks and keynote speeches delivered by government, IUCN and WRI representatives.

Indonesia: Efforts in Forest Landscape Restoration gain momentum at high-level workshop in Jakarta

Forests Landscape Restoration (FLR) took centre stage at a multi-stakeholder workshop organised by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Peat Restoration Agency, IUCN and World Resources Institute Indonesia (WRI-Indonesia) on April 19 and 20. Among other objectives, the workshop fostered discussions on Indonesia’s forest restoration goals and opportunities, and explored various approaches to FLR.  …  

22 Apr 2016 | Article

REVOLVE Magazine issue 19, Spring 2016

Benefits of healthy forests and forest ecosystems: New magazine article by IUCN's Luc Bas

IUCN’s European Regional Office Director elaborates on the importance of preserving and restoring forest ecosystem services in new online magazine article …  

18 Apr 2016 | Article

Collaborative forest landscape restoration activities at the new IUCN FLR Hub in Rwanda.

IUCN Launches Regional Forest Landscape Restoration Hub in Kigali, Rwanda

Announcing the Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) Hub for Eastern and Southern Africa. …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

The Economics of Restoration

IUCN environmental economist Michael Verdone describes the role of economics in Forest Landscape Restoration planning and implementation.