FLR can help address these gaps. Through FLR, local communities, governments, the private sector, civil society and academia as landscape stakeholders identify, consider and negotiate restoration options and land-use trade-offs transparently. By fostering the participation of many stakeholders, FLR balances social, economic and environmental goals and ensures that costs and benefits are equitably shared. In this way, FLR delivers a wide range of benefits to stakeholders: income, carbon storage, wood, fuel, food, biodiversity conservation and many more.
FLR is particularly important in Southeast Asia, where many tenure issues remain unresolved, resulting in power differences among landscape stakeholders. The effects on local communities that rely on forests for life and livelihoods can be devastating.
Unfortunately, many governments in Southeast Asia have limited capacity. They often don’t have the resources to enforce effectively forest laws to stop illegal logging and address other causes of deforestation and forest degradation such as forest pests and diseases, forest fires and forest conversion to agriculture.
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