Assessing national potential for landscape restoration

Forest restoration project, Mesoamerica

The GPFLR and its partners are developing a methodology and tools to help you identify where degraded lands are located in your in your country, estimate their extent, and quantify what benefits their restoration could bring, to whom, and at what cost.

Pilot experiences in Ghana and Mexico provided the foundation of these tools.

Using extensive national lands use data, a range of landscapes were identified inwhich restoration could be possible; this included both deforested and degraded lands as well as other relevant land uses such as fallow lands.

Through a participatory process national teams identified, mapped and prioritized those landscapeswhere the demand for restoration is most urgent, the benefits are most immediate, and the likelihood of success was deemed greatest. These spatially explicit opportunity areas were then overlayed with a set of restoration intervations that woudl best address local needs. From this both carbon mitigation potential and economic costs and benefits could be assessed.

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  • Deforestation in Western Ghana in the region of the Upper Guinean Rainforest

    Deforestation in Western Ghana in the region of the Upper Guinean Rainforest

    Photo: Johannes Förster / IUCN