Stakeholders in Forest Landscape Restoration

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Stephanie Mansourian

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Understanding the diversity of stakeholders involved in large scale forest restoration is essential to success. Stakeholders may be categorised in many different ways, recognising that categories hide unique differences. In forest landscape restoration, each stakeholder may understand the approach differently, engage with it in diverse ways, be motivated by different benefits, and may use it for different outcomes. The purpose of this contribution is to better understand how different stakeholders can be categorised in forest landscape restoration (FLR), and what motivates them to engage in restoration. When dealing with landscapes or large scales, stakeholders can be found at many different spatial scales, and those involved in the restoration action may not necessarily be the ones benefitting or losing the most from restoration. Tools to incentivise restoration may be employed in the short term while failing to address fundamental governance issues. Power dynamics are an essential component in decision-making related to large scale forest restoration. Exploring some of the specificities of FLR helps to better understand the full range of issues associated with stakeholders. Examples from projects led by different sets of stakeholders (private sector, NGO, government..) will be examined as a starting point to highlight some of these challenges related to FLR implementation.

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