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Local financing mechanisms for forest and landscape restoration

A review of local-level investment mechanisms












​Besacier, C., Garrett, L., Iweins, M. and Shames, S. 2021. Local financing mechanisms for forest and landscape restoration – A review of local level investment mechanisms. Forestry Working Paper No. 21. Rome, FAO




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