RECOFTC and Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR)

Securing rights and human well-being through ecological functionality

Globally, 12 million hectares of land are being degraded every year, while an additional 7.6 million hectares of forests are converted to other uses. This is often a by-product of weak and unclear rights. The results of this deforestation and degradation are far reaching: it threatens the livelihoods of the millions of forest dependent peoples, undermines government development initiatives, and threatens long-term private sector investments. In turn, these consequences can slowly erode the economic, political, and social foundations of our society.  

 

 

 Degraded land, forest cover and reforestation targets of majority of ASEAN Member States (AMS)

 

Country

Estimate degraded land (ha)

Estimate degraded land as % of total land area

Current forest cover

Target forest cover

Reforestation target area (period of achievement)

Cambodia

2.6 mn ha

15

51%

60% (by 2030)

NA

Indonesia

56.9 mn ha

30

54%

NA

2.7 mn ha (2010-2015)

2.0 mn ha (2016-2020)

Lao PDR

8.7 mn ha

36

41% (68%)

70% (by 2020)

1.5 mn ha (2016-2020)

Myanmar

NA

NA

45%

NA

30% in Permanent Forest Estate,

10% in Protected Areas

(2001-2030)

Philippines

-

-

23%

NA

1.5 mn ha (2011-2016, extended to 2028)

Thailand

2.3 mn ha

4

32%

40%

4.16 mn ha (2017-2030)

Vietnam

5.9 mn ha

41

41%

44-45% (by 2020)

885,574 ha ( 2016-2020)  equal to 15% total areas of degraded forest

Sources: FAO and RECOFTC (2016), RECOFTC and AWG-SF (2017)

 

One such approach is Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR), which is a long-term process of regaining ecological functionality and enhancing human well-being across deforested or degraded forest landscapes. FLR is more than just planting trees - it is restoring the whole landscape to meet present and future needs and to offer multiple benefits and land uses over time.

 

The FLR approach is centered on effective stakeholder participation, negotiating landscape level trade-offs and consensus building. Forest restoration programmes that adhere to these principles are more likely to attract investment and to be successful in the long-term than those that do not. RECOFTC, with its vision to empower local people recognises the value of FLR with its appropriate consideration of rights and well being of local communities, while at the same time balancing these with ecological functionality.  

 

RECOFTC is working to develop the capacity of key stakeholders on forest landscape restoration through the following initiatives

RECOFTC Forest Landscape Restoration Initiatives:

Scopes

Activities*

Dates

Venues

Participants

Regional

FLR Capacity Development Need Assessment (FLR CDNA) Study

August 2017 - January 2018

Thailand

 

FLR Workshop - Realizing Forest Landscape Restoration Goals in ASEAN Member States

3-8 December 2017

Yunnan, China PDR

AMS & STAFA

Regional Policy Dialogue - Connecting Finance and Policy: Forest Landscape Restoration in Southeast Asia

8-9 March 2018

SEAC, Bangkok, Thailand

AMS, private sectors, finance institutes, development agencies

Regional training - Agroforestry for Sustainable Landscape Management

July 2018

Bangkok, Thailand

AMS, community forestry practitioners

Regional training - Community based forest landscape restoration

September or

October 2018

Field based in Thailand (TBC)

AMS, community forestry practitioners

National

National Policy dialogue-

Forest Landscape Restoration

4 March 2018

BACC, Bangkok, Thailand

Government officials, private sectors, general public

National Training -  Agroforestry for Sustainable Landscape Management

August 2018

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Local and national government officials, community forestry practitioners, academics

* Many of these activities are developed based on FLR CDNA

 

For any updates on our recent FLR initiatives, please have a look at this page or send your email to info@recoftc.org