Forests

The Restoration Initiative (TRI)

The Restoration Initiative (TRI) is a programme to help countries restore degraded landscapes at scale. With $54 million in grant support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), TRI unites ten countries and three GEF agencies – IUCN (lead agency), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the UN Environment Program – in working to overcome existing barriers to restoration.
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The programme’s framework and funding were approved by the GEF Council on June 8, 2016. TRI is comprised of 11 national "child" projects (two in Kenya) and one global Learning, Finance and Partnerships project. Implementation will begin in 2018 and last for 4-5 years, depending upon country.

Focusing on countries with significant opportunities for forest landscape restoration (FLR), the programme will provide tailored support in four key areas:

  1. Policy development and integration: providing support for country-led efforts to identify and integrate FLR-supportive policy;

  2. Implementation of restoration programmes and complementary initiatives: providing support for the promotion and implementation of integrated landscape management restoration plans;

  3. Capacity building and finance mobilisation: providing support to unlock and mobilise funding for FLR and to strengthen the ability of institutions and people to plan and manage FLR; and

  4. Knowledge sharing and partnerships: providing support for the capture and sharing of innovative experiences and best practices, raising awareness of FLR needs and benefits, and developing and strengthening critical partnerships. 

Eurasia map in grey with orange TRI countries. Blue text box outlines. Photo: IUCN

Financing: $54 million in grants from the Global Environment Fund GEF; anticipated co-financing contributions of $200 million.

Anticipated results: 1 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes under restoration; 46 million hectares of land under improved management incorporating conservation of biodiversity; 190 million tons CO₂ equivalent sequestered. 

Participating countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sao Tome and Principe,  and Tanzania

SDGs: 13, 15

Aichi Biodiversity Targets: 15

For more on TRI, contact joshua.schneck@iucn.org.

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