Social Systems

Enhancing livelihoods through Forest and Landscape Restoration

Project code
AUD 2,400,472
Research program manager
Dr Clemens Grünbühel
Project leader
Professor John Herbohn - University of Sunshine Coast
Commissioned organisation
University of the Sunshine Coast
DEC 2017
JUN 2022
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project is improving rural livelihoods through forest landscape restoration in the Philippines. 

Improving the livelihoods of the rural poor remains a critical issue for the Philippines, especially in the country’s rural uplands where deforestation and land degradation are major challenges. 

The National Greening Program (NGP) aims to rehabilitate 7.1 million ha of degraded lands. This initiative was designed to reduce poverty, and promote food security, environmental stability and biodiversity conservation, as well as enhancing climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

Many of the plans are commitments under the Bonn Challenge, a global initiative to restore 350 million ha of degraded forestland by 2030. Underlying the Bonn Challenge is the forest landscape restoration (FLR) approach, which aims to restore ecological integrity while improving human wellbeing through multi-functional landscapes. 

However, successful planning and implementation of reforestation programmes face many challenges. This project aims to improve the livelihoods of smallholders involved in FLR; develop and test options for scaling out landscape-scale community-based reforestation; and achieve better economic outcomes for smallholders through improved monitoring, best practices and policy.  

Expected outcomes

  • Higher household incomes through increased agroforestry, agricultural and fuelwood production.
  • Between 500 and 1000 ha of unproductive land reforested within ten communities.
  • Improved survival of seedlings planted within participating communities leading to cost savings for government and greater longer-term financial benefits for communities.
  • Improved household incomes from the production of biofertilisers.
  • Improved ability to access funding from government to support FLR initiatives. 
Key partners
Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development
Queensland University of Technology
Southern Cross University
University of Queensland
Visca Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Development Incorporated
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Fact sheet ASEM/2016/103