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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Gender and Restoration

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Planning landscape restoration often means evaluating forest health, water flows, or the availability of choice seedlings. It should also mean talking to women. …  

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The Economics of Restoration

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