Forest Briefs

Forest briefs share succinct and timely stories about activities, findings and achievements on a wide variety of IUCN's forest topics.

forest brief 24 Photo: IUCN Africa & the Bonn Challenge: A monumental commitment to change

No continent has committed more hectares to forest landscape restoration than Africa. With 84 million hectares of degraded and deforested land committed to the Bonn Challenge and AFR100, and over 125 million hectares of identified opportunities, Africa leads the world in restoration ambition.

> Download Forest Brief, No. 24


Forest landscape restoration: Transforming landscapes and livelihoods in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Globally, the restoration of degraded and deforested landscapes using the forest landscape restoration (FLR) approach has gained recognition as a way for countries to achieve multiple national and international priorities on mitigating climate change, enhancing the resilience of vulnerable communities, improving livelihoods, reducing desertification and conserving biodiversity. The Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) region – which includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – has been severely impacted by climate change and land degradation, and would greatly benefit from FLR.

> Download Forest Brief, No. 23 (en)
> Download Forest Brief, No. 23 (ru)

Her Farm Radio: Building knowledge and developing the capacity of Malawi's female farmers on forest landscape restoration

As farmers, foresters and providers, women have a unique understanding of the ecosystems they live alongside. A Pioneering radio programme in Malawi is tapping into this immense body of knowledge by creating a platform for women to engage in landscape restoration.

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The Bonn Challenge and the Paris Agreement: How can forest landscape restoration advance Nationally Determined Contributions?

IUCN advocates that NDCs, in order to be strengthened, should be translated into robust, ambitious and implementable policy instruments to bridge the global emissions gap and enhance the adaptive capacity of social and environmental systems.

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Assessing the value of a donor's dollar in forest landscape restoration investments

Donors and governments want to understand the return on their investments. A value for money assessment in Guatemala takes us a step closer to understanding how to capture and report this key information.

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Relationship building improves forest policies and good governance in Eastern Europe and Russia

The success of the ENPI-FLEG programme – a seven-year undertaking by IUCN and partners to improve the sustainable governance, management, and protection of forests in seven countries – was founded on developing strong relationships and building trust among stakeholders.

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Forest landscape restoration: meeting national & international biodiversity commitments

Biological diversity is the foundation of healthy, productive ecosystems, and forests hold most of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. How can forest landscape restoration contribute to biodiversity and help countries meet their commitments? 

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The Bonn Challenge in Asia: Driving leadership on forest landscape restoration

Countries in Asia are looking to the restoration of their degraded and deforested lands to generate a variety of benefits, with a focus on poverty alleviation, climate-smart agriculture and reversing deforestation. Engagement in the Bonn Challenge is a strategy towards meeting those ends. 

> Download Forest Brief, No. 17

Intensive restoration assessment helps structure landscape-level incentives programme in Brazil

A pioneering payment for ecosystem services programme in Brazil’s Espírito Santo state uses landscape assessment tools to determine landowner compensation for conserving standing forests and initiating forest landscape restoration interventions on their land. 

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Deriving landscape benefits through forest and farm producer organisations

When smallholder farmers and local communities organise, they can benefit by restoring the functionality of deforested and degraded landscapes, enhance food production, increase the availability of forest products and access to markets, and effect change.

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The Bonn Challenge: Catalysing leadership in Latin Amercia

The Bonn Challenge has unprecedented support in Latin America with over 35 million hectares pledged. Initiative 20x20 is a regional platform with the goal of bringing an additional 20 million hectares of land into restoration by 2020.

> Download Forest Brief, No. 14 (en)

> Download Forest Brief, No. 14 (es)

Africa & the Bonn Challenge: A demonstration of leadership (see issue no. 24 for update)

To date, more than 100 million hectares have been pledged to the Bonn Challenge; a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2020 and 350 million by 2030. Seventeen African nations have contributed 63.3 million hectares.

> Download Forest Brief, No. 13

Designing natural resource management projects that support local representation and accountable governance

If they are to yield effective, equitable outcomes, natural resource management projects need to work with representatives who are responsive and accountable to local people. This brief presents practical suggestions on how projects can avoid some of the most common pitfalls in tackling the thorny issue of governance.

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Enhancing forest livelihoods in Uganda to advance REDD+

Livelihood-enhancing initiatives in the Mount Elgon and Agoro Agu landscapes are offering innovative, rights-based incentives for communities to engage in REDD+.

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Capitalising on conservation agreements in Peru to enhance sustainable forest livelihoods

Comprehensive conservation agreements with forest-dependent native communities in Peru are providing the ideal tool to improve local livelihoods and increase stakeholder engagement with REDD+ benefit sharing.

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Mexico’s subnational REDD+ efforts inform national REDD+ strategy

Efforts to understand the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and advance rights-based REDD+ benefitsharing arrangements in the states of the Yucatan Peninsula (Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan) are providing valuable inputs into Mexico’s national REDD+ actions.

> Download Forest Brief, No. 9

Indonesia links REDD+ benefit sharing with local forest governance

Leveraging existing forest management units in Indonesia’s Papua and West Papua Provinces is playing an important role in advancing rights-based approaches to REDD+, sustainable forest management, national climate plans, forest tenure reforms and the country’s green growth strategy.

> Download Forest Brief, No. 8

Guatemala makes gender a priority for REDD+

Since 2014, IUCN and partners have been focused on working with a wide range of local and national stakeholders in Guatemala to support the design of a gender roadmap for REDD+, which aims to incorporate gender considerations as early as possible in the design of the country’s national REDD+ strategy.

> Download Forest Brief, No. 7

Ghana advances rights-based REDD+ through existing local forest governance initiatives

Ghana’s Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs) are providing the ideal entry point to advance rights-based approaches to REDD+ implementation.

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Mobilising partnerships in Cameroon to advance rights-based REDD+ forest governance

Synergies between IUCN, government, civil society and key forest governance initiatives in Cameroon are effective mechanisms to streamline and scale-up support for rights-based approaches to REDD+.

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Mobilising public and private stakeholders for landscape restoration in Brazil

Brazil has the capacity to make a huge contribution to the global challenges of restoring landscapes and fulfilling international commitments on sustainable land use. How could this potential be realised?

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Concerted action on restoration and REDD+ in Mexico

Mexico is progressing towards its goal of using REDD+ as a means to promote sustainable rural development, but improved coordination is still needed.

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Mapping the health of forest reserves in Ghana

Little was known about the state of Ghana’s forest reserves over the past 20 years. New maps are helping to fill these gaps and open up new opportunities for restoration.

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Making forest restoration a good investment for Guatemalan farmers

Over the past 20 years the Guatemalan government has delivered about US$ 173 million in incentives for reforestation and restoration. How can we build on this investment?

> Download Forest Brief, No.1


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