IUCN - Forest Landscape Restoration
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 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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Introduction IUCN's Knowledge and Tools for Forest Landscape Restoration project

Introducing the Knowledge and Tools for Forest Landscape Restoration Project

 There are over 2 billion hectares of degraded and deforested lands across the world that could benefit from restoration.  While much is known about how and why we should restore these lost lands, before restoration can begin world leaders and landowners alike must first answer a multitude of challenging questions.  Who will pay the costs of restoration? Who will receive the manifold benefits?  How shall we start?  Where should we start? How to prepare for success?
 

24 Mar 2014 | Blogs

Government of Guatemala

Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible, says IUCN

The largest landscape restoration initiative in history gained further momentum today - the International Day of Forests - as IUCN and other partners provide the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration potential. 

21 Mar 2014 | International news release

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International conference to examine how large-scale restoration can advance sustainable development

On May 29-30th, 2014, world decision-makers, scientists, practitioners and advocates will meet in Washington, DC, to discuss the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration to further global development goals and sustainable livelihoods.   …  

26 Feb 2014 | Event

The Economics of Restoration

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