14:30 - 15:15
Many countries have pledged to restore huge areas of degraded land under new global and regional initiatives - this offers the promise of increasing the productivity of forests, crop and other lands, leading to multiple benefits, such as greater food security, poverty reduction and improved livelihoods, while improving ecosystem services at landscape level and reducing the pressure for further land degradation and deforestation. This presentation will explore some of the current obstacles and challenges to achieving large scale restoration and will suggest ways to overcome them. Issues include poor cross sectoral and inter-institutional collaboration, a lack of adequate financing and investment, and weak private sector involvement. The need to more systematically address some of the key risks to achieving not only restoration targets, but the expected positive long term impacts – social, environmental and economic – will be discussed. Experience to date of FAO’s Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism will be shared.