Membership and roles

GPFLR members include governments, organizations, academic/research institutes, communities and individuals working to promote the restoration of the world’s deforested lands and degraded forests.

Members of the GPFLR actively link their organizations’ restoration initiatives to the Partnership and participate in shared learning by:

  • Supporting and advocating for FLR and the Bonn Challenge
  • Working to secure strong political commitment and increase restoration pledges
  • Sharing best practices and tools
  • Helping to set guidelines, minimum criteria, assessment tools and methodologies for FLR
  • Attending yearly face-to-face meetings, quarterly teleconferences and GPFLR events
  • Participating in at least one of the groups under the Partnership designed to enhance learning and knowledge exchange, such as the Learning Network or the e-Secretariat
  • Submitting annual activity reports

Benefits of membership

Through participation in the initiative, partners can highlight their achievements within the GPFLR and to a global audience, thereby contributing to agenda-setting and global discussions and action on FLR. They also gain access to the latest technical and policy information and tools related to restoration of degraded and deforested lands while contributing to a growing community of FLR experts across sectors and countries. Additionally, partnership can provide many new opportunities for collaboration with members to advance specific FLR opportunities.

It should be noted that, as a voluntary Partnership, GPFLR does not:

  • Provide funding or assist in the process of securing funding
  • Deliver restoration projects
  • Approve / disapprove of restoration pledges
  • Enforce /  monitor activities

Steering committee

The Steering Committee is comprised of GPFLR members who have expressed an interest in participating on the Committee and who actively demonstrate a commitment to the Partnership (see Membership and Roles, above). It provides guidance on the operation of the GPFLR and its e-Secretariat, reviews and approves membership applications, and works to catalyse partnership building. 


The GPFLR Steering Committee is supported by a voluntary virtual secretariat (the e-Secretariat) comprised of staff from participating organizations anchored by a small Secretariat staff based at IUCN. Its purpose is to assist the GPFLR Steering Committee better serve network members and their individual and collective interests, and to help promote forest landscape restoration globally through the GPFLR by, inter alia: 

  • Facilitating extension and diffusion of best practices in FLR to stimulate information exchange among members and followers of the GPFLR
  • Enhancing the promotion and branding of GPFLR
  • Leading on communications and outreach activities
  • Conducting research or analysis on themes of interest to the GPFLR, as required
  • Supporting meetings of the GPFLR Steering Committee and action items resulting from its meetings.

Interested to join?

The GPFLR welcomes suitable new member organisations. The process of becoming a member is short and light. 

Important considerations for becoming a member are spelled out in the 2019 Membership Criteria. If your organisation is interested to join the GPFLR, please read the criteria carefully, as a starting point. 

When you wish to proceed with a membership application, please complete this very short application form and a member of the E-Secretariat will make contact with you. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact gpflr[at]