E-learning course - Sustainable financing of Forest and Landscape Restoration


To meet countries’ national commitments to restoring degraded landscapes, adequate public and private investments are needed to support the different steps of the FLR cycle. Financing sources are more efficient when used in a coordinated way.​ 

This course has been developed by FAO to improve the awareness and capacities of practitioners and policy makers to analyse FLR financial needs and opportunities, so that they are more effective at securing and coordinating funding for FLR interventions.

This course is designed for a range of stakeholders with an interest in forest and landscape restoration, including practitioners and policy makers from: 

  • International and regional organizations and donors;​ 
  • National governments;​ 
  • Private sector;​ 
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and​ 
  • Research institutes and universities.

You will learn about

  • The costs and benefits of FLR and related financing needs​ 
  • What makes a landscape ‘investment ready’​ 
  • The different types of FLR investors and their priorities​ 
  • The barriers to accessing FLR investment and creating an enabling environment​ 
  • Financial and market-based mechanisms for financing FLR interventions ​ 
  • The importance of coordinating different investment types and financing mechanisms to support FLR​ 
  • The importance of communication and building and strengthening alliances

Course structure
The course consists of 3 lessons, ranging from approximately 35 to 55 minutes duration each: 

  • Lesson 1 – Introduction to FLR financing 
  • Lesson 2 – Enabling FLR financing 
  • Lesson 3 – Financing mechanisms for local investment in FLR 
Publication Date
Sunday, 21 March 2021
Applicable location
Forest landscape restoration
Learning materials