Forest and landscape restoration: Participatory approaches and monitoring

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to invite you to join the Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) online community of practice, and to attend an online knowledge-sharing forum “Forest and landscape restoration: Participatory approaches and monitoring”.

When stakeholders participate in the process of forest and landscape restoration, the activities are more effective and sustainable. To learn more, and to share your experiences, join the webinar on Wednesday 23 May 2018. In addition to the webinar, the online forum includes a 3-week facilitated online discussion following the webinar on the Online Community of Practice for Forest and Landscape Restoration. The knowledge sharing forum will be conducted in English.

The knowledge-sharing forum aims to answer these questions:

  1. Why is it important for the implementation and success of restoration activities that the relevant stakeholders participate?
  2. What is the added value of using participatory approaches?
  3. How can local populations and other key stakeholders best be engaged during the entire FLR process? How can the conditions that enable participation be created?
  4. What are the key social aspects to be considered in FLR monitoring? What are the main lessons learned from monitoring social aspects of the FLR processes?

Webinar agenda

  • Objectives of the session by Carolina Gallo and Maria Nuutinen, FAO
  • Opening and introduction by Jordi Cortina, University of Alicante, Spain
  • Presentation “Participatory approaches to restore drylands in Morocco” by Mchich Derak, Regional Directorate for Water and Forests and Desertification Control of the Rif, Morocco
  • Presentation “Forest restoration monitoring – Participation and support of local people” by Manuel Guariguata, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Peru
  • Panel discussion, summary and feedback

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the webinar.

Who should attend?

This forum is intended for the practitioners of forest and landscape restoration, especially:

  • National and local focal points (government officers)
  • Academia
  • Private sector
  • Civil society organizations
  • Experts in FLR planning and monitoring

Complete the enrolment form by Monday 21 May.

Read more about how to participate.

Learn more about the online community of practice here.

Join the Dgroup platform: Online Community of Practice for Forest and Landscape Restoration

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YOUth ACTivation: towards the Global Forest Goals


Youth call for an awakening to the reality that we are valuable partners and agents of change in efforts to halt deforestation, particularly in facilitating collective action, building capacity, and sharing the message with everyday people. To do this we must be trained, organized and have a clear set of objectives to deliver.

YOUth ACTivation: towards the Global Forest Goals will provide a launchpad for youth contributions to the UN Forum UNFF13 and present tools to succeed in the fight against deforestation.

During this webinar, participants will learn about forest policy instruments on a global level such as the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests (UNSPF) and the Global Forest Goals. Participants will understand how the Major Group Children and Youth (MGCY), convened by the International Forestry Students’ Association, functions before introduced to the work of MGCY.

MGCY is currently producing a work plan that will showcase how young people can contribute to achieving the UNSPF. Having young people on-board for this effort is crucial as we can provide new, innovative ideas to tackle global problems – and we are willing to act!

The webinar will introduce the main objectives of the work plan and will then provide a platform to discuss among participants how we can bring this work plan to life. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute ideas for specific projects that will contribute to achieve the UNSPF.

Join us for this Digital Summit and get involved with your idea to achieve a common vision – YOU ACT!

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3rd APRS media training Digital Summit

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Drawing on a broad range of expertise and experience, scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) will conduct a two-day training for members of the media on 21 April 2018 in preparation for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit (APRS).

The training, which includes journalists from Indonesia and the south-east asian region, aims to enhance media coverage of the 2018 APRS and provide the latest information and progress reports on a wide variety of topics, including forests and climate change, REDD+, restoration, bioenergy and peatlands.

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Climate change and migration

With more droughts, floods, heatwaves and other extreme weather events, adding to the increasing land degradation and rising sea levels, the number of people at risk of being negatively affected by climate change is rising. Environmental degradation has a devastating effect on livelihoods and income in less developed parts of the world, where most of the households depends on land and ecosystems services and goods. To face this loss,  individuals and communities might be forced to  seek economic opportunities elsewhere, when adaptation on-site is not possible or is too expensive.


The impact of climate change on migration is widely expected to dwarf all others. The World Bank estimates that across sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and South Asia, over 140 million people will be forced to migrate within their own countries due to climate change.

“Climate change-driven migration will be a reality, but it does not need to be a crisis, provided we take action now and act boldly,” said John Roome, a senior director for Climate Change at the World Bank. The challenges of migration in the context of climate change require a new strategic approach to policy. Policy makers will need to take action to prevent harmful environmental changes, reduce their impact, and build resilience in communities.

Viable solutions to these challenges are anchored in sustainable development and inclusive growth opportunities. This entails balancing economic growth and social inclusion with land stewardship and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Innovative measures need to be implemented to encourage effective and sustainable management of natural assets, address the imbalances and provide alternatives to distressed migration.

Join the next Global Landscape Forum Digital Summit, “Climate Change, Migration & Gender”. We will be joined by representatives from UNHCR, IOM, DIE, UNCCD, Platform on Disaster Displacement, and ILO to discuss the core issues contributing to climate-induced migration and the most effective solutions to  address this challenge.

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