Forest landscape restoration (FLR) , livelihoods and climate
Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR): using restoration to improve community livelihoods and and attenuate climate change
One of the major outcomes of the Copenhagen UNFCCC COP process was the shift in thinking towards REDD+ that encompasses the “plus”: conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. A REDD-plus approach that includes forest landscape restoration is one of the few options that not only sequesters carbon, but also contributes to climate adaptation, reduces poverty and conserves biodiversity. In late 2011, the Government of Germany issued the Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of lost forests and degraded lands to improve livelihoods, enhance biodiversity and increase storage of carbon. Many lands within PACO are considered to be suitable for restoration, particularly the areas of West Africa and the Great Lakes. In Ghana and in Rwanda (the latter in partnership with ESARO), the PACO Forest Program has been working on participatory approaches to restoration at the landscape level, including utilisation of native, oil-producing species such as Allanblackia using approaches developed in collaboration with the Global Partnership for FLR (http://www.ideastransformlandscapes.org/). In 2013-2016, we intend to refine these approaches and to promote them to other countries and regions.