Barrow, E., D. Timmer, S. White and S. Maginnis
The following case studies document some of the innovative ways in which forest restoration has been implemented in the region. They also demonstrate the importance of actively involving those stakeholders most dependent on forests in decision-making. These stakeholders need to be given secure use rights and responsibilities and benefits need to be shared equitably. Perhaps the most emphatic lesson from East Africa is that one does not have to wait for more research, analysis or the allocation of more resources from central government. Communities and executive agencies can take action now, and build Forest Landscape Restoration from the ground up to restore forest goods and services, making an important and vital contribution to securing livelihoods and reducing poverty.