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Side Event #2495


Date Thursday
2018.07.12 @ 13:15
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Room Room A, 1st Floor
Capacity: 35 people
Conference SBSTTA-22 / SBI-02
Second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation
Title Biodiversity in Forest and Landscape Restoration: launch of the IUCN “Biodiversity Guidelines for FLR Opportunity Assessment” and experiences from the ground
Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI)
Aichi Biodiversity Targets
Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Forest Biodiversity
Agricultural Biodiversity
Climate Change and Biodiversity
Ecosystem Approach and Restoration
Conference of the Parties
National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)
National Reports
Aichi Biodiversity Targets


Forest and landscape restoration can benefit native ecosystems, threatened species and can increase the flow of ecosystem services for people, thereby helping to safeguard and restore biodiversity.

This side event will launch IUCN’s Biodiversity Guidelines for Forest Landscape Restoration Opportunities Assessments (CBD/SBI/2/INF/19) and share examples of countries making progress on Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5, 14 and 15 through forest and landscape restoration. The Guidelines provide practical advice on how to integrate biodiversity knowledge and data into forest landscape restoration (FLR) opportunities assessments and resulting landscape planning and decision-making processes, which support both conservation and development objectives. They also include specific recommendations for how to better align national action to support the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, with ongoing FLR processes at subnational, national, and global scales, particularly through the implementation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs).

While these guidelines can be utilized in many contexts, this session will explore some examples of where national restoration strategies prioritise restoration activities that reconcile the objectives of development and biodiversity conservation. An example will be presented from Malawi, where the National Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy utilises biodiversity assessments to equip practitioners with information that can lead to better management of village forest areas, which can support fuelwood security while also supporting the conservation or restoration of areas important for habitat and wildlife. Malawi’s goal is to restore 4,5 M will be achieved by placing biodiversity as one of its three pillars of action.

This side event will also include a presentation of preliminary results and information from restoration projects in Peru and in Burkina Faso, supported by the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI), funded by the Korea Forest Service. The FERI is implemented by the CBD Secretariat and aims to offer support to developing countries in the implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5, 14 and 15.

Finally, IUCN and FERI will present the objectives and preliminary results of a collaboration to update UNEP/CBD/COP/13/INF/11, "Restoration of forest ecosystems and landscapes as contribution to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets", which will be launched later this year at COP14.

A discussion with the audience will follow the presentations.


  1. Jane Smart, Global Director Biodiversity Conservation Group and Global Species Programme, IUCN (Opening remarks)
  2. Ms. Martha Mphasto, Environment Affairs Department, Malawi
  3. Craig Beatty, Program Officer, Global Forest and Climate Change Programme (GFCCP), IUCN
  4. Blaise Bodin, CBD Secretariat/FERI
  5. Ms. Roxana Solis, Ministry of Environment, Peru
  6. M. Somanegré Nana, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Burkina Faso

Moderates: Adriana Vidal, GFCCP IUCN 

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Biodiversity guidelines for forest landscape restoration opportunities assessments

Abstract: Biodiversity is inherent in forest landscape restoration. As global initiatives like the Bonn Challenge and New York Declaration on Forests inspire nations to pursue sustainable landscapes and economic growth, on the ground, biodiversity binds people and nature to their shared future. These guidelines are intended to provide more context, more resources and fresh perspectives to the ongoing global interaction between biodiversity conservation and forest landscape restoration. They do so in the context of the methodology used by dozens of countries and jurisdictions to help practitioners working on identifying and realising their landscape restoration goals — and they should be interpreted as a companion to the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM).


FLR, restoration, forests, biodiversity, ABT15, Bonn Challenge, ROAM  

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