To do this, FLR involves local communities, governments, private sector, civil society and academia as landscape stakeholders. Together, they 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 can deliver a wide range of benefits to stakeholders: income, carbon storage, wood, energy, food, biodiversity conservation and many more.
But taking such a holistic approach requires both new tools and new mindsets. Practitioners need to view and analyse issues through many lenses to implement interventions on the ground, and ensure that the impacts and changes are systematic and sustainable. Often, however, FLR has focused narrowly on technical aspects of restoration and overlooked social issues related to governance, tenure security, stakeholder participation and equity.
RECOFTC’s new guide helps to bridge these gaps. It explores stakeholder mapping and engagement, gender sensitivity, benefit sharing, financing and other aspects of FLR. It includes information about other tools for learning and practicing FLR, as well as further reading. By unpacking the concept of FLR through simple questions and answers, the guide will help practitioners understand more, and encourage communities to adopt FLR approaches.
Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Energy (BMU), which funds FLOURISH through the International Climate Initiative (IKI), supported the production of this publication.
RECOFTC's work is made possible with the continuous support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).