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The Paris Agreement in action: upscaling forest and landscape restoration to achieve nationally determined contributions

As of: August 2020

Objective and activities

As recognised in the Paris Agreement, forest-based options are critical to achieving NDCs through combined mitigation and adaptation approaches. The effective implementation of the Bonn Challenge in several regional initiatives represents an opportunity to expand FLR efforts and contribute to several NDCs. In three regions with high potential for forest stand increase and provision of ecosystem services through large-scale FLR programmes, countries are part of the project concept: The Pacific Islands (Philippines + Fiji), the Great Green Wall Region (Ethiopia + Niger) and the Mediterranean (Lebanon and Morocco). To implement the NDC commitments, the project supports: (i) regional platforms focusing on knowledge sharing, capacity development, mobilisation of innovative funding and FLR monitoring, and (ii) the implementation of existing national FLR action plans / programmes and monitoring.

State of implementation/results

Public relations and communication
  • Currently in inception phase of the project
  • Reports, key recommendations and website links have been sent regularly to IKI/ZUG colleagues on the 6th MFW in Lebanon and on the first regional workshop in Nadi (Fiji) for the Pacific Islands region
  • FAO's FLRM website is currently under ‘’update’’ in order to open dedicated webpages on the IKI project actions in 2020
  • at this stage a communication plan is still in preparation within the FLRM team to ensure a relevant visibility to BMU/IKI on the existing FLRM communications tools (Website/ Newsletters)
  • FLRM meeting in Rome in October 2019 with the participation of ZUG / IKI

Project data

Ethiopia, Fiji, Lebanon, Morocco, Niger, Philippines

Implementing organisation:
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Partner institution(s):
  • Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission of the FAO, Carood Watershed Model Forest (Bohol Island) - Phillipines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Philippines," High Commissary for Water, Forest and the Fight Against Desertification (HCEFLD) - Morocco", Ministry of Agriculture - Lebanon," Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment (MEMEE) - Morocco"," Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MEFCC) – Ethiopia", Ministry of Environmental Protection and Forestry (MoEPF) - Ethiopia , Ministry of Fisheries and Forests (MFF) - Fiji, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), The African Union Commission through its Africa Special Hub for the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) , The Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions-Silva Mediterranea - Lebanon," Water and Forest Department of the Ministry of Environment, Urban Sanitation and Sustainable Development (DGEF-MESUDD) - Niger"
  • "High Commissary for Water, Forest and the Fight Against Desertification (HCEFLD) - Morocco",Jouzour Loubnan - Lebanon,"Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MEFCC) – Ethiopia",Niger National Agency for the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative,Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC),Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

BMU grant:
4.794.854,00 €

12/2018  till  12/2022


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