Project Fact Sheet




Forest Restoration at the Landscape Level in Asia: A Unique Model Forest Approach [2013P3-RMFN]


RMFN-Asia through Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF)


International Model Forest Network


Forest Management Bureau- Department of Environment and Natural Resources University of Agricultural Sciences, India 

Lin’an Forestry Bureau


36 months, May 2014-May 2017


To build the capacities of communities, local officials and other partners to rehabilitate forests as a means to restore degraded land, increase forest cover, improve forest quality and enhance livelihoods.


  • Increase the capacities of stakeholders to apply sound forest rehabilitation techniques.
  • Develop and implement a forest restoration strategy at the landscape level in 3 Model Forests.
  • Establish demonstration sites in each Model Forest to test various approaches.
  • Strengthen networking and information exchange on forest restoration, including among members of the RMFN-Asia (governments and other partners within and outside the region), the IMFN and supporting international organizations such as FAO, IUCN and others.
  • Explore restoration strategies that can lead to longer-term improvements to livelihoods for forest dependent communities.


  • Convene regional inception workshop to develop a common project methodology.
  • Assess training needs.
  • Develop training plans and tailor available materials to meet local requirements.
  • Conduct training.
  • Organize field visits.
  • Update forest information.
  • Develop forest landscape restoration strategies, including strategies for short and long-term participation by all stakeholders.
  • Develop a process and strategy for sustainability beyond project completion.
  • Determine location of demonstration sites and their objectives.
  • Select and purchase appropriate species and determine their spatial and temporal arrangements in the demonstration sites.
  • Prepare, plant and maintain sites.
  • Maintain internal Network communications and regular consultations with experts and partners.
  • Publish/post progress on a regular basis, in addition to final project results.
  • Enhance links with regional networks in other parts of the world (e.g., Africa and Latin America) as well as interested organizations.
  • Summarize best practices and lessons learned, reaching beyond the demonstration sites.
  • Prepare a policy document.
  • Convene regional workshop to assess project outcomes.
  • Publish final outcomes.


  • Capacities of local communities and organizations strengthened in innovative forest restoration methods for livelihood improvement and in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Forest restoration strategy at the landscape level in each Model Forest developed through a participative process and with consolidated forest information baselines with a view to long-term sustainability of the initiative and resulting benefits.
  • Diverse forest restoration methods are tested at the landscape level.
  • Continuous communication and information and knowledge sharing ensured between project partners and allies.