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Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) Asia Investment Forum

Bangkok, Thailand, 15-16 November 2023














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    FLR Days
    Advancing Forest and Landscape Restoration in Asia
    2022
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    There is an accelerating global momentum in forest and landscape restoration (FLR), as part of achieving the SDGs, GFGs, Bonn Challenge and the UN’s Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. A regional strategy and action plan for FLR (hereafter the strategy) with six strategic priorities below has been developed and endorsed by the FAO member countries. 1. Support the development and implementation of national FLR plans and targets 2. Promote regional dialogue, learning, collaboration and coordinated action on FLR 3. Build recognition for and support the use of various technical, social and institutional approaches as appropriate for different landscapes and restoration objectives 4. Facilitate and support the mobilisation of financing for FLR 5. Encourage private sector participation and investment in FLR 6. Support community-level action on FLR Advancing these priorities necessitates working together closely and building on the opportunities for regional dialogues and learning from each other. The need for enhancing collaboration and coordination for gaining synergies with FLR activities of different partners is increasing. FAO RAP and partners are therefore shaping a FLR Portfolio and Programme and a consortium for effective FLR implementation, as outlined in the strategy. This builds on a regional Technical Cooperation Programme Project (TCP) covering seven countries: Bangladesh, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, PNG, and Timor-Leste (TCP/RAS/3803) that aims at four outputs: (i) Capacity building programmes on restoration implemented; (ii) National restoration action plans developed; (iii) Regional cooperation, platforms and partnerships improved; and (iv) A regional consortium for scaling-up restoration through a regional programme. FLR Days constitutes part of a series of events to harness the opportunities to address key barriers in advancing the regional strategy and catalyze a massive regional FLR movement for sustainable landscapes and livelihoods.
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    Making the most of available finance for forest and landscape restoration
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
    2022
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    To achieve ambitious international forest and landscape restoration (FLR) targets, significant investment is required. Annually, more than USD 36 billion is needed to meet the Bonn Challenge and USD 318 billion to reach land degradation neutrality.
    FAO FLRM has been working with in-country partners to provide diverse support for partner financing needs and to develop innovative financing mechanisms to sustainably fund the implementation of restoration activities on the ground. These activities include:

    (i) Capacity building through physical trainings (green finance and the development of bankable projects, ecosystem services valuation, etc.), an active Community of Practice (CoP) for Local Finance for Forest and Landscape Restoration and 3 e-learning courses dedicated to Finance
    (ii) Supporting the development of financial plans for FLR implementation to access diverse sources of funding. The plans include for example value chain development, market-based mechanisms such as payments for ecosystem services (PES) as well as supporting the operationalization of national forest funds (NFFs) and public–private partnerships for FLR investment. The plans include different types of financing to ensure FLR success on the long term.
    (iii) Creating linkages with climate funds through technical assistance and proposal development.
    (iv) Developing bankable projects through capacity building and the identification of opportunities for business development and for attracting additional investment.

    This work is presented through examples and cases studies increasing the knowledge of local partners on existing financing sources and supporting them in accessing these funding streams. Financial mechanisms, Economic Development, Deforestation and forest degradation, Sustainable forest management, Value chain ID: 3484518
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    Evaluation of the project "Action Against Desertification in support of the implementation of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative, the United Nations to Combat Desertification and Drought action plans in Fiji and Haiti, and South–South cooperation in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States"
    Project code: GCP/INT/157/EC
    2022
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    The “Action Against Desertification in support of the implementation of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative, the UNCCD action plans in Fiji and Haiti, and South–South Cooperation in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States” project (AAD) worked with eight countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia to tackle the detrimental social, economic and environmental impacts of land degradation and desertification (2014 to 2020). It was implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partners, with majority of funding from the European Union and co-funding from diverse partners. The project contributed to improving the conditions and productivity of agrosilvipastoral landscapes and the capacity to plan land restoration and manage forest and land resources. Livelihood improvements and concrete positive incidence on household income, food security, crops and milk production, and community interactions. It increased awareness and support policy makers developing intervention strategies that address D/LDD. The large-scale, heavy machinery-based technical intervention logic was found appropriate to address desertification/land degradation and drought (D/LDD) in specific conditions and countries. The geospatial study estimated the contribution of Action Against Desertification (AAD) to carbon sequestration to be between 384 000 and 1.27 million tonnes of carbon sequestered. The evaluation recommendations include further investments in training; building awareness and addressing climate change and land degradation; increasing political and policy coherence; guaranteeing sustainability and buy-in from beneficiaries; building in sustainable financing mechanisms at all stakeholder levels; increasing opportunities; and developing non-timber forest product (NTFP) value chains to create and develop viable markets for the products.

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