Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR)

IUFRO’s thematic networking strengthens collaboration among scientists and forest experts across countries and continents, and mobilises funding streams supporting the forest science community in economically disadvantaged countries. By strengthening the forest science community and enhancing the role of science in shaping forest policy and management, IUFRO - through SPDC - aims to contribute to achieving broader economic, environmental and social development objectives, such as poverty alleviation, improvement in the wellbeing of rural people and their access to resources, environmental protection and the conservation and sustainable utilisation of forest resources. IUFRO is an active member of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) and as such contributes to the partnership with scientific expertise, thematic networking and capacity development.

  • FLR is a process that aims to regain ecological functionality and enhance human well-being in deforested or degraded landscapes. Forests can then co-exist together with other land uses. These restored forests may also form mosaics with various objectives and functions depending on the landscape, sites, and people living there. For example, some parts may protect watersheds, soils, livestock or crops; others produce timber or firewood, while others restore habitats for other plants and animals.
    Want to learn more? Read the Implementing FLR Practitioner’s Guide.


  1. Capacity Building for Forest Landscape Restoration Implementation in Malawi and Sri Lanka
  2. GLFx Lilongwe
  3. GLFx South Coast Guatemala
  4. Forest Landscape Restoration and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation 
  5. FLR Scientific Snapshot Analysis Project
  6. Knowledge Sharing Workshops and Conferences on Forest Landscape Restoration
  7. ITTO-IUFRO Learning Modules on Forest Landscape Restoration


Within its thematic networking projects for synthesising globally available scientific knowledge as well as its training programme, SPDC pursues an open approach, providing various stakeholders and professionals of the public and private sectors with opportunities to participate in activities. In this way, existing multi-stakeholder partnerships are strengthened and new ones are formed. Special emphasis is placed on providing training opportunities for female scientists and professionals. At least 50% of all applications for SPDC training events are allocated to women.