Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) is the ongoing process of regaining ecological functionality and enhancing human well-being across deforested or degraded forest landscapes. FLR focuses not only on forests but on the restoration of the whole area, to create multiple benefits and different land uses. FLR landscapes are typically categorised into three land use types, each incorporating different options for forest landscape restoration (see graphic).
GFA concept and services
The GFA implementation strategies are based on combining international best practice with local knowledge and methods, and field experience with scientific knowledge. This paired with extensive knowledge of financial and institutional requirements ensures services that meet customers’ demands. Working in cooperation with stakeholders in the public and private sectors as well as civil society groups, GFA balances innovation and reliability to meet local needs.
Due to the interaction between FLR and combating illegal timber trade, we offer integrated assistance in sustainable silvicultural techniques, responsible investments and the implementation of national and international policy initiatives to reduce deforestation and forest degradation. However, such efforts to tackle deforestation and degradation need to be supplemented by ambitious restoration activities to reduce the pressure on existing forests and provide alternative sources, to improve soil fertility and reduce erosion and to generally contribute to carbon-sequestrating land uses. GFA therefore complements other approaches to food security improvement and climate change mitigation and adaptation, including smart agriculture and REDD+.
Planning and implementing reforestation measures and strengthening forest governance are further key elements of GFA consulting services. Moreover, GFA assists national forest certification initiatives, elaborates forest monitoring and timber tracking systems, develops supply chains for forest products and agricultural goods and supports ministries and government administrations in implementing national programs and regulations for forest rehabilitation and protection.