By IUCN

 - June 14, 2016

Led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), TRI will be implemented in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

GEF programmatic support for this initiative is US$ 54 million. In addition, TRI anticipates co-financing contributions in excess of US$ 200 million from other donors. 

The TRI program will be implemented in Cameroon, Central African Republic, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sao Tome and Principe and Tanzania. Country projects will be linked by a Global Learning, Finance and Partnerships project, which will provide knowledge, tools and policy support to strengthen coherent delivery of the initiative. 

“The Restoration Initiative will generate action on forest landscape restoration (FLR),” says Stewart Maginnis, Global Director, Nature-Based Solutions, “helping to reverse the land and forest degradation that undermine efforts to eliminate poverty, hunger and biodiversity loss in many parts of the world today and the ability of communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change.”

TRI will work at multiple levels – identifying relevant national policy and institutional solutions and aligning them with FLR commitments, while supporting the implementation of restoration and land management projects on the ground that are gender sensitive and responsive to the needs of local communities.

Importantly, IUCN and its partners will ensure the sustainability of project outcomes by strengthening local and national institutions through access to a broad array of resources and promoting South-South learning and cooperation. A key component of TRI will be the development of models for investment.

“We will only be able to achieve the Bonn Challenge goals through collaboration at all levels and across sectors. That is the strength of TRI – its potential to bring together different players in FLR and create a space for collaboration and shared learning,” stressed Maginnis.

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