Dear IUFRO Working Party on Resource Data in the Tropics:
The following announcement from IUFRO may be of interest.
IUFRO WP 1.02.04
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From: IUFRO Headquarters <office(a)iufro.org>
Date: Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 6:51 PM
Subject: Press Release: ITTO and IUFRO release learning modules to
encourage forest landscape restoration
To: Dear IUFRO Officeholder <mahoganyforthefuture(a)gmail.com>
* International Union of Forest Research Organizations *
Press Release: ITTO and IUFRO release learning modules to encourage forest
PDF for download
*Yokohama/Vienna, 17 November 2021: *ITTO and the International Union of
Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) have released a free series of
learning modules for high-school and university students to guide further
understanding on forest landscape restoration (FLR).
[image: Photo showing High school students learn about forest values during
a field trip to the Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Photo: Sarawak Forest Department]
High school students learn about forest values during a field trip to the
Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary in Sarawak, Malaysia. Photo: Sarawak
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
Practitioner’s Guide for Implementing Forest Landscape Restoration
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
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.
The learning modules comprise four PowerPoint presentations, together with
handouts for teachers and students. Each presentation is illustrated by
case studies and videos and features a series of questions and assignments.
- *Module 1* (*FLR principles*) introduces the six globally recognized
principles of FLR, discusses their conceptual basis and presents guiding
elements for each principle.
- *Module 2* (*FLR project design and implementation*) explores the FLR
process through the design and implementation of long-term on-the-ground
- *Module 3* (*FLR facilitation and capacity development*) looks at the
skills people need to implement FLR.
- *Module 4 (Securing FLR finances*) examines ways to obtain finance for
implementing an FLR project.
The modules can be adapted to include locally relevant examples of FLR.
The production of the four modules was supported by a joint FLR initiative
of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, with finance from the Global
Environment Facility project, “Fostering partnerships to build coherence
and support for FLR”.
Download the FLR learning modules and handouts (in English only) at:
*IUFRO website link:*
*NOTES TO EDITORS*
*Media contact ITTO:* Ramon Carrillo, carrillo(a)itto.int
The* International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) *is an
intergovernmental organization promoting the sustainable management and
conservation of tropical forests and the expansion and diversification of
international trade in tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally
harvested forests. For more information contact itto(a)itto.int or visit
*Media contact IUFRO: *Gerda Wolfrum, wolfrum(a)iufro.org
The *International Union of Forest Research Organizations* (IUFRO) is a
world-wide organization devoted to forest research and related sciences.
Its members are research institutions, universities, and individual
scientists as well as decision-making authorities and other stakeholders
with a focus on forests and trees. https://www.iufro.org
*Tags:* Forest landscape restoration; guidelines; tropical forest;
education; high school; university; future generations; SDG 4; SDG 11; SDG
13; SDG 15 and SDG 17.
*SDG 4 (Quality education):* Putting forest landscape restoration into
practice is not easy. It is a multiscalar, multisectoral and multitemporal
process and educating future generations is crucial for its success.
*SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities):* Ecosystem integrity plays a
key role in keeping societies healthy and on a path towards building back
*SDG 13 (Climate action):* Restoring forest landscapes will help in
mitigating climate change by increasing the quantity of carbon held in
vegetation and long-life forest products.
*SDG 15 (Life on land): *FLR is an inclusive approach that uses trees and
other forest elements to build healthy and resilient ecosystems in which
people and nature exist in harmony.
*SDG 17 (Partnerships for the goals):* The uptake of forest landscape
restoration will facilitate the implementation of the 2021–2030 UN Decade
on Ecosystem Restoration.
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