The Paris Agreement in action: upscaling forest and landscape restoration to achieve nationally determined contributions
As of: March 2021
Forest and landscape restoration (FLR) can make a decisive contribution to the achievement of nationally determined contributions (NDCs), since FLR measures often combine mitigation and adaptation approaches. The project focuses on three regions with considerable potential for expanding forest stocks and improving their ecosystem services. The aim is to support partner countries in honouring their commitments made under the Paris Agreement. To achieve this, the project is funding regional platforms for knowledge transfer, capacity-building, mobilising innovative financing and FLR monitoring. The project is also supporting the implementation of existing national FLR action plans and their monitoring.
State of implementation/results
- A communication plan was prepared by the project team to ensure relevant visibility of BMU/IKI on the existing communications channels (websites, newsletters, leaflets, etc.) and to allow the exchange of information with the IKI communications team.
- Regional workshops reports/proceedings, key recommendations and website links have been sent regularly to BMU/IKI on events organised.
- The article “Making green and climate finance accessible in the Mediterranean region” on the regional capacity building workshop held with BMU/IKI support in Barcelona (Spain) in November 2019 is available on the IKI website: www.international-climate-initiative.com/…
- During the event “Tackling the climate emergency through nature-based solution: the role urban/periurban forests, restoration and REDD+”, held at UNFCCC COP 25 in Madrid (Spain), the Mediterranean outputs of the project and key results so far were presented.
- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism (FLRM) country websites were updated to provide information on the project actions in Fiji, Morocco, Niger, Lebanon and the Philippines: www.fao.org/in-action/forest-landscape-restoration-mechanism/our-work/countries/en/
- The project team has been very active in supporting BMU/IKI partners in the pacific islands region to propose side events, articles and posters for the upcoming XV World Forestry Congress, a key global event for all forestry practitioners.
- Morocco and Lebanon submitted three abstracts for articles to the XV World Forestry Congress, related to the revision of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) integrating Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) and Niger submitted two abstracts for articles.
- A French version of the FLRM website was officially launched in May 2020. This French website allows francophone partners (particularly partners in Niger, Morocco and Lebanon) to easily access the work plans funded by BMU/IKI.
- A communications network was established with the communications officers of Fiji, Morocco, Niger, Lebanon and the Philippines to strengthen the communications efforts.
- An interactive map was created and is now available on the FLRM website (www.fao.org/in-action/forest-landscape-restoration-mechanism/our-work/countries/en/). It displays specific project information with links to online project pages.
- Four national policy frameworks and work plans ongoing in Fiji, Lebanon, Morocco and Niger.
- Three communal FLR plans ongoing in Niger in Illéla, Soukoukoutane and Kollo communes with currently 450 hectares restored in 2020 and 450 hectares planned in the Communal Development Plan for the year 2021.
- One communal FLR plan ongoing in Lebanon in one commune of the Shouf and Bakaa Valley (Minicipality of Tannourine).
- Two FLR plans in preparation in Fiji on the Islands of Yasawa and Mamanuca.
- Four inception workshops (Fiji, Niger, Lebanon and Morocco) and two national capacity building events or technical days in Niger and Lebanon were organised.