Briefing

Restoring deforested or degraded land in the tropics. Learning from and building on: FLEGT, REDD+ and associated policy processes.

This policy brief extracts lessons from FLEGT, REDD+, and zero-deforestation supply chain initiatives to help overcome some of the governance challenges hindering effective restoration of deforested or degraded land in tropical forest countries.

Key messages

  • Restoration of deforested or degraded land in tropical countries could advance national priorities such as food security, rural development and job creation while contributing to the achievement of international climate change, biodiversity and land-related commitments.
  • Restoration of deforested or degraded land could benefit from increased coordination with initiatives and programmes affecting land use, such as FLEGT, REDD+, and zero-deforestation supply chain initiatives by sharing experiences on participatory land-use planning, secured tenure, legal reform and increased transparency and accountability.
  • FLEGT, REDD+, and zero-deforestation supply chain initiatives could complement, support and promote the implementation of restoration initiatives.
  • The effective enforcement of legal land-use frameworks that prevent (illegal) forest conversion for commodity production brings various benefits.
  • Until recently, private sector interest in restoration was limited. However, the growing number of zero-deforestation supply chain commitments provides incentives for restoration through the development of such supply chains and the promotion of related trade and financial investment.