First Virtual Exchange on Forest Landscape Restoration

To bring together the countries involved in forest landscape restoration and the AFR100 initiative a virtual exchange platform has been installed. At the first exchange in February a number of countries joined in, including the four AFR100 countries Cameroon, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Togo who presented the progress in their countries

Photo: André Cook


Presentations held at the exchange are available to GIZ staff here.

Meeting minutes

Date: 25 March 2018, 11:00 to 12:30 hrs
Participants joined from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Germany
Moderation: Christian Burren, Madagascar

Status of FLR activities in Cameroon

Government activities: Reforestation, agroforestry, erosion control techniques FLR

  • Projects in progress: 12.8%
  • 24% not started
  • 3 pilot projects for the year 2018
  • 79 ha of reforestation in 2017 by ProPFE
  • National FLR Group founded in 2017 to elaborate national FLR strategy

Status of FLR activities in Ethiopia

  • Presentation of problems encountered on site (e.g. use of 107 million m3 of wood per year throughout the country)
  • 700 000 ha in total currently reforested
  • Ca. 100 million euros planned and signed by German technical cooperation in the forest/land sector

Status of FLR activities in Madagascar

  • Presentation of the steps concerning the FLR and AFR100 in the last 2 years
  • National Strategy (in 2017) with 4 priorities:
    Coordination of activities
    • Scaling activities
    • Sustainable financing of activities
  • Good Governance for implementation
  • Identification of criteria (socio-economic, environmental / ecological, political) for FLR pilot landscapes
  • Prioritized scenarios of spatialisation study: Conservation of biodiversity, water, soil fertility at watershed level

Status of FLR activities in Togo

  • A pilot in Région Maritime (Préfecture des Lacs)
  • Process in the prefecture of the lakes:
    – Mission of information
    – Collection of information and participative mapping on 400.000 ha
    – currently: Elaboration resource inventory and land use plan

Discussion of needs for webinars and training modules on the FLR process, other forms of exchange and topics to include

Suggestions from participants:


  • Needs should be more oriented to the characterizations and the follow-up of the FLR (how and up to what level)
  • Platforms where modules will be developed on what is needed for landscape restoration assessment
  • Visit different sites in order to exchange information and experiences
  • Tools should be simple
  • Find ways to approach different properties and communities, not only abstract technical guides
  • Strengthen capacities of FLR actors
  • Factsheets
    – On goals and objectives, definitions of FLR
    – Acting as a guide on the steps to take for the FLR


  • Common approach and identification is necessary
  • Development of concrete tools would be better per country because of difference between priorities

General remarks

  • Establishing such an exchange at least once every two months
  • Next meeting: 27.04.2018 (Time will be communicated later)

About the exchange platform

The purpose of the exchange is to bring together all committed countries to exchange and share their experiences, as well as to be up-to-date with information necessary for their activities in their respective countries. The exchange is taking place once every two months in a series of webinars where participants have the opportunity to share their experiences and their progress, followed by a questions and answers session.

About Forest Landscape Restoration

Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) is the ongoing process of regaining ecological functionality and enhancing human well-being across deforested or degraded forest landscapes. FLR provide several benefits such as sustainable livelihoods for local communities as well as good governance of forest resources. Several countries are engaged in the process of FLR including many African countries, which are committed to the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative AFR100, a country-led effort to bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030.


If you would like to share your experiences in the field of Forest Landscape Restoration and participate in the exchange to communicate your activities and your progress, do not hesitate to contact Anna Rother ( and Christian Burren (