The Six Principles of Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR)

Across each Landscape Restoration project, Eden Reforestation Projects (Eden) follows these six principles below.

  1. Focus on landscapes

    FLR takes place within and across entire landscapes, not individual sites, representing mosaics of interacting land uses and management practices under various tenure and governance systems. It is at this scale that ecological, social, and economic priorities can be balanced.

  2. Engage stakeholders and support participatory governance

    FLR actively engages stakeholders at different scales, including vulnerable groups, in planning and decision-making regarding land use, restoration goals and strategies, implementation methods, benefit sharing, monitoring and review processes.

  3. Restore multiple functions for multiple benefits

    FLR interventions aim to restore multiple ecological, social and economic functions across a landscape and generate a range of ecosystem goods and services that benefit multiple stakeholder groups.

  4. Tailor to the local context using a variety of approaches

    FLR uses a variety of approaches that are adapted to the local social, cultural, economic and ecological values, needs, and landscape history. It draws on latest science and best practice, and traditional and indigenous knowledge, and applies that information in the context of local capacities and existing or new governance structures.

  5. Maintain and enhance natural ecosystems within landscapes

    FLR does not lead to the conversion or destruction of natural forests or other ecosystems. It enhances the conservation, recovery, and sustainable management of forests and other ecosystems.

  6. Manage adaptively for long-term resilience

    FLR seeks to enhance the resilience of the landscape and its stakeholders over the medium and long-term. Restoration approaches should enhance species and genetic diversity and be adjusted over time to reflect changes in climate and other environmental conditions, knowledge, capacities, stakeholder needs, and societal values.