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Utilising landscape scale forest ecosystem rehabilitation as a cost effective bridge for the integrated deployment of national land-based mitigation and adaptation strategies

As of: October 2021

The rehabilitation of forest ecosystems – in an ecologically and socially compatible way and at a larger landcape scale – can provide a bridge while maximizing co-benefits for communities and biodiversity. This project will pilot initiatives to optimize the implementation of actions that simultaneously contribute to both land-based mitigation and adaptation strategies via landscape scale forest ecosystem rehabilitation. It will achieve this goal by: (1) Identifying national “best bets” for optimizing coherent implementation of land-based mitigation and adaptation strategies; (2) Supporting national policy and programme development that integrates the “best bets”; and (3) Stimulating commitment among decision-makers and investors through global analysis, networking and policy influence.

State of implementation/results

  • Project works on Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in the context of the Bonn Challenge.
  • IUCN is increasingly involved in building global partnerships to promote FLR; in particular the establishment of a new alliance, the "Global Mangrove Alliance", which will be of great importance for the dissemination of knowledge generated by the project.
  • In Mexico, the economic analysis of IUCN and TNC provided input for the Yucatan Framework Agreement on Sustainability (ASPY).
  • In Uganda, as a result of project activities, FLR recommendations were integrated into the National REDD+ Strategy.
  • These recommendations include measures about agroforestry, afforestation and reforestation and the promotion of natural regeneration.

Project data

El Salvador, India, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Uganda, Viet Nam

Implementing organisation:
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - Switzerland

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) - Viet Nam
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
  • Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru
  • Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources - Kenya
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) - El Salvador
  • Ministry of Water and Environment - Uganda
  • National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) - Mexico
  • National Forestry Program - Uganda
  • Rajasthan Department of Forestry - India

Implementing partner(s):
  • Clinton Foundation - Clinton Climate Initiative
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - Indonesia

BMU grant:
2.961.524,91 €

11/2015  till  12/2018


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