About the Taskforce

The Forest and Landscape Restoration Standard (FLoRES) Taskforce brings together a group of international experts from government, NGO and research organisations committed to promoting quality outcomes for Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR).  

The Forest Restoration Standards Group (FLoRES) formed in September 2017 to engage the FLR community in the development of quality standards for FLR. During an initial workshop organised by WeForest with Univ. of São Paulo in Piracicaba, Brazil and a second workshop in Nairobi, Kenya hosted by ICRAF we discussed the need to operationalise the principles of FLR for all stakeholders and actors.

The idea of developing FLR standards was put aside after Nairobi in favour of the development of FLR frameworks with clearly defined operational criteria for identifying how and where FLR is taking place.  Without such frameworks, the global restoration movement may fail in actually implementing FLR and in achieving its objectives and lose ground to business-as-usual approaches.

Our task is to bring about the development of frameworks and tools that will promote quality in FLR practice and outcomes.  

Our approach

What is Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR)?

FLR is a long-term process which aims to regain ecological function and enhance human well-being in deforested and degraded landscapes. This approach underpins global, regional and national targets to restore millions of hectares of degraded land to achieve multiple benefits for multiple beneficiaries.  

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Why do we need quality Frameworks for FLR?

The guiding Principles of FLR have been defined but as yet, no sufficient guidance exists to operationalise these principles on the ground and gauge the success of outcomes.

Our work

Our work focuses on galvanising support for the participatory development of international FLR quality frameworks. Since 2017, we have held a number of international dialogues across different continents to consult with a wide range of stakeholders on the need for, feasibility, and opportunities of FLR quality frameworks. The FLoRES brief ‘How to know it when we see it?’ was published in 2017 and sets out the case for developing FLR quality frameworks.


The multiple languages of FLR
Written: By Laura Graham Project Leader, BOSF-Mawas Program, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, www.orangutan.or.id Adjunct Research Fellow, Tropical Forests and People
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Put people first in Forest and Landscape Restoration: learnings from meeting in Philippines
By Cathy Watson It was a small group of researchers, NGO leaders and government officials that gathered in the typhoon-battered
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Taming the FLR beast
The mission of the Forest and Landscape Restoration Standard (FLORES) Task Force Written by Robin Chazdon, Director of PARTNERS. Originally
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For the Love of Restoration
The challenge of balancing quantity and quality in FLR efforts Written By Aida Bargués Tobella, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and
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We welcome your feedback and comments on this process. Please contact us at FLoREStaskforce@weforest.org