Forest landscape restoration (FLR) refers to the replenishment of ecological and productive functions in degraded and deforested landscapes. With the proclamation of the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, FLR has gained global importance and traction, as it addresses the triad of human well-being, climate and biodiversity protection on a large scale. Meanwhile, through years of implementing landscape restoration activities, it has become increasingly clear that embedding interventions in the local communities is essential to the sustainability and success of such initiatives.
This white paper provides an essential overview of community-based approaches to FLR, breaks down key challenges to their implementation and maintenance, and spotlights new projects anticipated to promote food security and economic, ecological and climate-related benefits from large-scale FLR in Africa.
Author: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)
Ecosystem(s): Drylands and Rangelands
Location(s): Africacommunity-based restoration community-led gender land use youth