Large-scale Forest Landscape Restoration in Africa

Land degradation and loss of forests exacerbated by climate change and unsustainable land use practices in Africa threaten primarily the vital ecological functions of land, its productivity, food and water security. Poor resource governance, little access to innovation and resources and unfavorable policies prevent countries from bringing FLR to scale. The project thus aims at increasing the economic, ecological and climate-related benefits from large-scale FLR in the partner countries. The project will provide field support, capacity building and policy advice to restore FLR at ground level, unblock large-scale FLR, leverage resources for FLR, share FLR experiences and monitor FLR results. By establishing new carbon stocks and reducing pressure on existing ones, this project mitigates climate change, increases resilience and protects biodiversity.

Project data

Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda
IKI funding
23,500,000.00 €
Included preparation phase
509,162.49 €
09/2019 till 06/2025
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Nature Protection – Kazakhstan
  • Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDD) - Cameroon
  • Ministry of Environment - Rwanda
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Kenya
  • Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife - Cameroon
  • Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment - Malawi
Implementing Partner
  • African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office
  • The World Bank Group
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Germany

State of implementation/results

  • The project has finalized baseline studies for all four countries as a starting point for the upcoming participative Restoration Plans and following restoration activities.
  • In Malawi, the Country Partners generated media publicity through the District Tree Planting Season Launch event in Mpira Catchment with FAO and IUCN DG. Since a first planning exercise 1,700 fruit tree seedlings, 20,000 giant bamboo seedlings and 50,000 forest tree seedlings.
  • In Rwanda, IUCN organized a tree planting event with the contestants of Miss Rwanda 2022 to reach out to young people to address forest related issues.
  • In Cameroon the activities focused on the exchange, consultation, and negotiations with stakeholders like political partners and community representatives. This included several joint site visits to identify hotspots and allow participative decision-making processes.
  • An AFR100 Monitoring Working Group (WG) has been convened and is leading work on establishing a monitoring framework for AFR100 and drafting the first “State of AFR100 Implementation Report”.
  • FAO, WRI and IUCN have actively participated in the setting up of the National Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) Cross-sectoral Platform in Malawi.
  • The project team in Kenya collaborated with other partners to support the Government of Kenya to establish a national FLR monitoring working group.
  • WRI, with Fledge and AUDA-NEPAD, kicked-off the fourth edition of the Land Accelerator Africa in February 2022 (…). WRI published an article detailing the financing gaps that entrepreneurs who restore land in Africa are facing (…). WRI also published a blog in October 2021 outlining the challenges of monitoring restoration in Africa and steps to improve existing systems (…).
  • In Kenya, construction and support of a model tree nursery has started. In the long term, the aim is to increase the productivity of the nursery and to increase the number of native tree species. As a first restoration effort at the end of the short rainy season, 50 hectares of land was restored through tree planting (38 hectares) and invasive plant control (12 hectares).
  • All project countries have established their National Programme Steering Committees to ensure participatory landscape restoration and alignment with national efforts. The committees consist of representatives from local communities, political partners, restoration contractors, NGOs, watershed management organizations, cooperatives as well as religious or traditional leaders.

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