The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), produced by IUCN,  provides a flexible and affordable framework approach for countries to rapidly identify and analyse forest landscape restoration (FLR) potential and locate specific areas of opportunity at a national or sub-national level.

Importantly, ROAM can provide vital support to countries seeking to move forward with developing restoration programmes and landscape-level strategies. In this regard it will also enable countries to define and implement pledges to the Bonn Challenge target to restore 150 million hectares worldwide by 2020, thereby helping interested nations meet existing related international commitments under CBD, UNCCD and UNFCCC.

A ROAM assessment can be undertaken by a small core assessment team through collaborative engagement with other experts and stakeholders and can deliver the following products:

  • Identified priority areas for restoration;
  • A shortlist of the most relevant and feasible restoration intervention types across the assessment area;
  • Quantified costs and benefits of each intervention type;
  • Estimated values of additional carbon sequestered by these intervention types;
  • Analysis of the finance and investment options for restoration in the assessment area; and
  • A diagnostic of ‘restoration readiness’ and strategies for addressing major policy and institutional bottlenecks.

By implementing ROAM, decision-makers and stakeholders can expect to deliver the following types of outcomes:

  • Better information for improved land-use decision-making;
  • High-level political support for FLR;
  • Fundamental inputs to national strategies on FLR, REDD+, adaptation and biodiversity, among others, and for mutually reinforcing convergence between such strategies;
  • A basis for better allocation of resources within restoration programmes;
  • Engagement of and collaboration among key policy-makers and decision makers from different sectors, as well as other stakeholders with interests in how landscapes are managed; and
  • Shared understanding of FLR opportunities and the value of multifunctional landscapes.

The Guide to ROAM handbook has been developed to guide assessment teams through the ROAM framework – or any subsection of it. This ‘road-test’ version is intended to engage others in the process of learning, and thereby improving the methodology. It includes descriptions of the individual tools and components of ROAM as well as guidance on how they can be combined and sequenced to suit different needs. More detailed guidelines on selected components will be produced throughout 2014 and 2015.

The “ROAM technical series” will start with publications on:

  • Restoration Opportunities Mapping
  • Restoration Economic Valuation
  • Restoration CARBON ACCRUAL analysis
  • Rapid Restoration Diagnostic of Key Success Factors
  • Restoration Finance Assessment

For more information, contact us at: gpflr@iucn.org