Gathering lessons learnt from WWF’s experience worldwide: An overview based on 8 FLR long term field projects

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Daniel Vallauri

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WWF has supported Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) development since 2000 and shares the goal of restoring 350 million hectares of forest landscapes by 2030. Today more than 200 WWF staffs are involved in an active FLR community. WWF run dozens of field projects (various scales, durations, forest types, and contexts). The program also includes education efforts (EFN Reforestation grant), lobbying for private or governmental engagement including issues initiated by partnerships, participates in platforms (GPFLR, SAFRA, NGP, Trillion Trees) and supports ambitious policies (AFR100, Bonn Challenge). Restoring at the landscape scale is a long-term planned process, requiring multifaceted interventions (both ecological and social), and overall is a much richer but more difficult task than just planting trees. Providing good FLR guidance and implementation to meet commitments made by governments may be the main challenge of the coming decade. FLR practitioners only learn by doing. Thus, facilitating exchanges among field practitioners and grounding all activities on lessons learnt in the field is crucial for WWF. In 2018, WWF launched a lessons learnt exercise based on the analysis of its ‘long-term’ projects (10 to 20 year) to restore landscapes in Tanzania, Madagascar, Nepal, Malaysia, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, New Caledonia, and the Lower Danube. The exercise is ongoing. It has already analysed five projects, producing specific reports and 10 to 15 high level lessons for each project. Others are under way (to be completed in 2019). This presentation will capture and share some key lessons learnt and emerging needs.

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