Discussion Platform Forest Landscape Restoration
This background paper is a product of UNIQUE forestry & Land Use, and an outcome of a joint project with Germanwatch e.V., and ClimateFocus on “Long-term finance of REDD+”, which is part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI).
As the demand for these commodities will continue to increase globally, it is consensus that
deforestation-free supply chains need to be developed and promoted. This marks a key entry point for integrating the private sector and landscape-level interventions which will then be specified by the specific features of a landscape, the theoretical options, the enabling environment and the stakeholder preferences have an influence on the strategy and the focus.
Options for interventions include
The main and immediate challenge lies in overcoming the transition period which often requires considerable investments while the revenues occur at a much later point of time – a
liquidity gap which prevents that the transition can take place, despite the availability of economically sound land use alternatives: local land and right holders rarely have access to affordable loans and the available public funding is seldom sufficient to close these liquidity
gaps. These gaps require innovative approaches and viable business models3 which are a crucial element for the development of landscape-level investment packages (LLIPs).
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