As a follow-up to the South Asia Regional Consultation on Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) “Forests and Beyond” that took place in New Delhi in 2017, the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment and Forest Department, Sri Lanka in cooperation with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and other members of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) organised a knowledge-sharing workshop on best practices in implementing forest landscape restoration in South Asian countries. The workshop sought to:
- Share and discuss lessons from current state-of-the-art scientific and technical knowledge on FLR both at global and regional scales
- Connect FLR experts in South Asia and further stimulate exchanges of information, thus to provide feedback into national and global FLR policy initiatives such as the Bonn Challenge process • Identify challenges of current land management and impediments to sustainable land management and ecosystem functionality across the region
- Contribute to the development of regional FLR implementation strategies in support of continuous sub-regional learning, sharing of experiences and FLR practice improvements
The workshop concluded with a half-day World-Café-style discussion session bringing together the views and experiences of the participants on key FLR issues, including policy and governance, stakeholder engagement, planning, FLR financing, FLR implementation in the field, and monitoring and evaluation. This report consolidates the workshop’s findings into nine key messages, supplementing each with a short summary of issues raised by participants during the World-Café session.