As part of the GPFLR network, CDI aims to unite forest landscape restoration projects contributing to the preservation of both forest landscapes and the livelihoods and communities that depend on them.
Governments, industry and campaigning groups are working hard to reduce deforestation. But that alone is not enough. Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) can renew landscapes and livelihoods damaged by the destruction of forests by building sustainable relationships between communities, commercial interests and the damaged ecosystems on which they depend.
Situation specific solutions have to be flexible over time and incorporate sustainable practices that can serve the long term needs of stakeholders. Shaping these solutions requires specialist expertise, a supportive policy environment and economic conditions that favour renewed forest activities.
Creating a learning network
Practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and intergovernmental agencies have all called for a resource that will allow them to learn from the diversity of solutions and apply the transferable elements from them. But how do we make sense of so many varied experiences?
Our response to those calls has been to establish the GPFLR Learning Network. Within this, Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen UR put together a small team of a geographer, a web-based learning specialist and a website designer and builder who bring together initiatives that provide evidence of how landscape restoration might take shape. We have built a practitioners’ network, the aim of which is to inform and involve policy makers on forest landscape restoration. Our task is to facilitate the process of building the network and deliver content.
The approach adopted by CDI and the other partners in the Global Partnership on FLR focuses on linking ideas and solutions that emerge from local-level practice into ever-widening networks where experiences can be shared, discussed, modified and adapted. This organic way of working is exciting and effective: it is non-linear and enables the diverse stakeholders involved to tackle complex issues, such as landscape restoration.
A store of FLR experience
The GPFLR network represents a store of FLR experiences, capturing the real-world uniqueness, nuances and complexity of different approaches, and generating tools and knowledge that can support practitioners in the field. The network will link policy-makers, advisors and researchers with restoration practitioners and projects across the globe, so that policy development is brought closer to what is happening on the ground, as it happens.
The main aims of the GPFLR Learning Network are:
- To establish a global knowledge-sharing network of “good FLR practice” projects and partners
- To develop a website as an online learning platform
- To help develop national and regional guidelines and tools for FLR practice
- To provide technical support and training, such as national FLR workshops and courses
- To generate much-needed robust data and information
- To share stories about FLR initiatives around the world with a global audience
Ideas transform landscapes
The GPFLR Learning Network will help to make a step-change on forest landscape restoration, strengthening local initiatives, spreading good practice and celebrating extraordinary restoration stories.