A ROAM assessment is typically managed by a small core assessment team that supports local experts and stakeholders in undertaking the following work:

  • Defining the potential goals and scope of restoration work;
  • Identifying priority areas for restoration;
  • Developing a shortlist of feasible restoration interventions to work across the different kinds of degraded land present in the assessment area;
  • Quantifying the costs and benefits of each intervention type;
  • Estimating values of additional carbon sequestered by these intervention types;
  • Analyzing finance and investment options for restoration; and
  • Diagnosing the presence of success factors to understand what social, legal, or political institutions must be strengthened or put in place for restoration to succeed.

By conducting an assessment, decision-makers and stakeholders can expect the following outcomes:

  • Better information for improved land-use decision-making;
  • High-level political support for FLR;
  • Fundamental inputs to national strategies on FLR, REDD+, adaptation and biodiversity, among others, and for mutually reinforcing convergence between such strategies;
  • A basis for better allocation of resources within restoration programmes;
  • Engagement of and collaboration among key policy-makers and decision makers from different sectors, as well as other stakeholders with interests in how landscapes are managed; and
  • Shared understanding of FLR opportunities and the value of multifunctional landscapes.

For more information, visit IUCN's homepage for ROAM. Or write to flr [at] iucn.org