GLF Accra 2019: Interactive session “Restoring forests, restoring communities”


October 17, 2019

Wednesday, 30 October 2019,  09:00-10:30 UTC+00:00

This interactive session was part of the GLF Accra 2019 (October 29 - 30, 2019).

Read the blog covering this session: Forest restoration and democracy: Making communities visible in Madagascar

Much of the forest estate in the global south is owned and directly managed by governments. State ownership of forests upon which communities rely can restrict the ability of local people to participate in decisions about how forests should be used and benefits shared. This interactive session features research from Madagascar and Tanzania on how strong use and management rights to trees and forests, alongside effective local governance and various public and private incentives, have catalyzed adoption of restoration practices by local communities. Panelists also will share the latest diagnostic tools for identifying where and how tenure security can be strengthened for FLR investments.

Further information and resources can be found below:


Patrick Ranjatson, Professor, University of Antananarivo

Priscilla Wainaina, Postdoctoral Researcher, World Agroforestry Center

Chris Buss, Director of Forest Conservation Programme, IUCN


Steven Lawry, Senior Associate, Center for International Forestry Research Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. The Forum takes a holistic approach to create sustainable landscapes that are productive, prosperous, equitable and resilient and considers five cohesive themes of food and livelihood initiatives, landscape restoration, rights, finance and measuring progress. It is led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in collaboration with its co-founders UN Environment and the World Bank and Charter Members.