The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), produced by IUCN and the World Resources Institute, provides a flexible and affordable framework for countries to rapidly identify and analyze forest landscape restoration (FLR) potential and locate specific areas of opportunity at a national or sub-national level.
ROAM was developed in 2014 and can provide vital support to countries seeking to accelerate or implement restoration programs and landscape-level strategies. In this regard, ROAM will also enable countries to define and implement national or subnational contributions to the Bonn Challenge and concurrently allow nations to meet existing international commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the United Nations Framework to Combat Climate Change.
A ROAM assessment is undertaken by a small team through a collaborative engagement with stakeholders. The Forum and its partners were recently part of a KEFRI/FAO sponsored training for ROAM, and how it can benefit the Mukogodo Forest and its surroundings.
This initiative is led by KEFRI under the GEF6 projects in partnership with FAO, Kenya Forest Service, KWS, ILMAMUSI CFA, Northern Rangeland Trust, Borana, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Laikipia Forum.
The ROAM process involves close collaboration with all stakeholders in Laikipia County involved in forest and landscape restoration activities. The information generated in the ROAM process will be key in the ongoing Laikipia County Spatial Plan, as it will give information on restoration priorities around the Mukogodo Landscape.
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