How inter-institutional networks transform landscapes: Lessons from Latin America on advancing forest landscape restoration

February 2020

by Alejandro A. Imbach and Adriana Vidal | IUCN

For forest landscape restoration (FLR) to be sustainable and responsive to multiple developmental and environmental needs, we need dialogue and coordination among sectors, actors and institutions. FLR initiatives involve a web of multiple and diverse stakeholder groups and sectors – such as (sub) national governments, agricultural and forestry companies, research institutions, NGOs, traditional communities, landowners and companies – with diverse and often conflicting interests and priorities.

This study identifies key factors related to the success and impact of inter-sectoral coordination mechanisms (ICMs) for FLR and presents elements that should be considered when developing new or assessing current ICMs. It does this by using an adapted network evaluation framework, drawing on examples from five ICMs operating at different scales in Espirito Santo in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, the Yucatan Peninsula States in Mexico, and Peru.

This report presents a package of tools, principles and guiding questions that can be used to develop new or assess existing ICMs for FLR. This study also presents a package of tools, principles and guiding questions that can be used to develop new or assess existing ICMs for FLR.

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