In the last decade, Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) has been adopted for global, regional and national commitments for multiple goals such as climate mitigation, water security, biodiversity and forest resources to support rural livelihoods. Despite extensive international support for climate and development cooperation, practical results and continuity have been limited after project-based support ends. Incentives for local actors is one major driver often missing. The failure of FLR to reduce poverty by creating local value maintains the status quo of land use dependency, forest degradation and loss while also failing to create the desired benefits for biodiversity, water management and carbon mitigation.
This International Training Programme (ITP) uses a systemic approach to build capacity broadly in all actors with a stake in FLR. As the programme title indicates, the emphasis is on driving scalable FLR outside of support programmes. The programme objective is to build capacity in organisations to establish governance, tenure and business support that encourages local smallholders, communities and entrepreneurs to become agents of change based on competitive, transparent and scalable value chains, leaving no one behind.
The ITP is based on current evidence of the economic, social and ecological aspects of FLR and on sharing experiences between a multitude of actors and country contexts during the training. Swedish forest history is used as a background and inspiration. Sweden managed to restore unsustainably exploited forests through broad societal investment to sustain forest production and increase industrial value. Swedish smallholder organisations, governance and policies, make an interesting backdrop, as it balances different goals for forest legislation and the work on improving the protection of water and biodiversity to meet forest certification standards as well as EU-legislation. This is set against the global challenges of meeting future demands for biobased forest products as well as biodiversity, water management, carbon storage and fossil materials substitution.
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