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.  

Learn more about IUCN's approach to Forest Landscape Restoration

Latest news on Forest Landscape Restoration from IUCN


The rainforest solution to polar meltdown and turning back climate change

"For those wishing to tackle our planet’s greatest environmental challenge, there is no better place to begin than saving our tropical rainforests." …  

18 Jan 2016 | Article

Forest restoration experts from Brazil, China, Indonesia and Guatemala traveled through four Brazilian states

Forest landscape restoration partnership shares group knowledge: four different countries, one common goal

A Forest Restoration Exchange launched by the Brazilian Ministry for the Environment, Imazon, IUCN, and the World Resources Institute (WRI) is connecting practitioners and experts to scale up and implement knowledge and lessons in sustainable forest management …  

04 Jan 2016 | Article

IUCN's new film premiering at the Global Landscapes Forum

Broadcasting forests: launch of new IUCN video and publication on tools for restoration in Uganda

IUCN’s new video on forest landscape restoration (FLR) in Uganda, “Equipping Uganda for Restoration: Radio and Apps for Reforesting Landscapes” premiered as a winner in the Global Landscapes Forum Partner Video Awards on Dec 5, and is linked to a new report detailing how radio is helping farmers and communities in Uganda build their knowledge and capacity for sustainable land use. …  

05 Dec 2015 | Article

The Economics of Restoration

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