A global analysis by the World Resources Institute estimates the global forest and landscape restoration (FLR) opportunity at more than 2 billion hectares of land worldwide, with 1.5 billion hectares suited for mosaic-type restoration and 0.5 billion hectares for large-scale forest restoration. Worldwide, a number of initiatives have been launched in the last few years to address forest degradation, including the Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares by 2020; the New York Declaration on Forests to restore 350 million hectares by 2030; Aichi Biodiversity Target 15; Sustainable Development Goal 15; and Global Forest Goal 1 of the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 to prevent forest degradation and contribute to the global effort to address climate change.
IUCN and the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) are implementing the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF)’s Joint Initiative on Forest Landscape Restoration 2018–2019. The CPF has mandated ITTO to help take stock of the ongoing FLR programmes of CPF members and to play an instrumental role in developing a comprehensive set of voluntary FLR guidelines. To this end, the Second FLR Expert Group Meeting will be co-convened on 11–13 June 2019 in Lüderenalp (Wasen im Emmental), Switzerland, by the Government of Switzerland, ITTO and AFoCO with support from the Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.
The main objectives of the Second FLR Expert Group Meeting are to:
- Review concepts and approaches on degraded tropical forest landscapes and tropical forest landscape restoration, management objectives, and short-, mid- and long-term investment strategies for developing sustainable supply chains of goods and services produced on restored forest lands.
- Review policy and implementation principles and associated guidelines for tropical forest landscape restoration to efficiently operationalize the GPFLR’s 2018 Principles for FLR, taking into account the guidance of existing FLR guidelines developed by CPF/GPFLR members.
Review the selection criteria for successful tropical forest landscape restoration cases in the three tropical regions with a view to defining best ways to use such cases and good practices from the field for learning and inspiration.
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Mr Youngtae Choi
Ecosystem Restoration Programme Officer
Division of Forest Management
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)