ROAM Around the World

A step-by-step online guide makes forest landscape restoration assessments more accessible

The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology handbook goes online Photo: IUCN

Imagine if there were an online how to guide for governments, landowners and land managers that provided a well-tested framework for the forest landscape restoration (FLR) process from start to finish… if there were a methodological, replicable and collaborative approach to help navigate a greener future through restoration.

Such an approach, the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), does exist and has been successfully piloted in several countries. Building off the success of this flexible methodology, a new, widely accessible online version of the ROAM handbook can now be added to the toolboxes of practitioners to help fulfil their FLR potentials.

Moving ROAM online

The online step-by-step ROAM guide, hosted by the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR), takes a logical and pragmatic approach to the process of implementing ROAM. It breaks down each of the three phrases of ROAM into bite-sized chunks (one prescribed step per page) so the team undertaking the assessment strategy is well aware of how to proceed, what to expect next, and the products or outcomes that will result.

Arguably the best attribute of the online guide is that it is backed by a team of practitioners from the GPFLR who are ready to help land stewards navigate ROAM if assistance is required. That same team is also eager to learn from the experiences of others implementing ROAM. They can easily be reached with suggestions or questions, or for technical advice from the GPFLR website in the “Quick Menu” box on the right-hand-side of the page.

Widening ROAM’s global reach

IUCN and the World Resources Institute teamed up to develop the print version of the ROAM handbook, first released in 2014, to “provide vital support to countries seeking to move forward with developing restoration programmes and landscape-level strategies.” To date, the ROAM approach has been implemented in an ever-increasing number of countries at various scales.

Now, a newly translated version of the original handbook will enable the ROAM methodology to reach an even wider global audience. Appearing alongside the Spanish, English, Portuguese and French versions of the ROAM materials is a new Russian edition. The Russian version includes a translation of the ROAM booklet as well as an excellent video series outlining each phase of the process.

If governments or other land stewards have their sights set on reaching national-level FLR goals related to the Bonn Challenge, or even to achieve more modest local goals, the tools to do so are at their fingertips. The online guide is free for anyone to use, and it is flexible enough to be of use in nearly any situation.

Imagine what governments, landowners and land managers can do now.

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Released just in time for the International Day of Forests (21 March), these new ROAM materials are the first in a series of IUCN releases over the coming weeks as we celebrate forests.

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