Catalysing private sector investment in forest landscape protection and restoration: A briefing for policy-makers and the private sector

This policy brief prepared by the Partnerships for Forests (P4F) Evaluation Manager (NIRAS-LTS International) presents a theory of change for forest protection and restoration catalysed through new business models and investment. It articulates changes in capacity, behaviour, benefits and processes of transformation among producers, value chain and landscape actors, as well as those within the enabling context.

International attention is increasingly focused on enhancing private and public investment in sustainable land use and forestry. Donors are seeking to stimulate private sector investment through the development of pilots and commercial scaling of new business models. The Partnerships for Forests Programme (P4F) is facilitating Forest Partnerships between public, private and community actors as a way of advancing such business models to deliver shared value and social and environmental benefits. The programme also supports multiple enabling conditions and demand-side measures.

There is much to learn about Forest-Landscape Protection and Restoration. What is the theory of change for such interventions? What are the underlying mechanisms underpinning the emergent business models? What are the anticipated changes in capacity, behaviour and practices among forest-landscape actors and institutions that would lead to positive sustainability outcomes? What are the conditions for success? Who decides what is success in a Forest Landscape and how do we know if desired changes are being achieved? This policy brief, which is aimed at policy-makers and the wider Forest-Landscapes and sustainable trade communities explores these areas and provides clear recommendations.

The policy brief was completed in April 2019.