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ITTO takes innovative forest landscape restoration approach

 Thursday, November 18, 2021

ITTO and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) have recently released learning modules to encourage forest landscape restoration. Forestry restoration is one of the most important topics of the era, and to encourage students involvement and knowledge ITTO along with IUFRO have taken innovative approach to make knowledge sharing interesting and appealing.

They have hence released a free series of learning modules for high-school and university students to guide further understanding on forest landscape restoration (FLR). FLR involves using holistic approaches to restore ecological functioning of degraded landscapes and simultaneously creating diverse, sustainable socio-economic benefits for people living in the landscapes on a wider scale. Putting it into practice, however, is not so easy. FLR has many dimensions, and educating future generations is crucial for its success.

Released as a contribution to the 2021–2030 UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the new learning modules developed by ITTO and IUFRO have been crafted to raise awareness among the next generation of professionals and policy- and decision-makers of the vital role that FLR will play in restoring degraded landscapes. The modules contain the latest knowledge on FLR, drawing on publications such as the ITTO Guidelines for Forest Landscape Restoration in the Tropics; IUFRO’s Practitioner’s Guide for Implementing Forest Landscape Restoration; IUFRO’s Occasional Paper No. 33–Forest Landscape Restoration Implementation: Lessons Learned from Selected Landscapes in Africa, Asia and Latin America and FAO’s Sustainable Financing for Forest and Landscape Restoration e-course.

The modules can be used by high schools and universities across the tropics and elsewhere to boost curricula in science, social science, agriculture, climate change, environmental studies, forestry, geography, and planning and development studies.

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