The Restoration Diagnostic is a structured method for determining the status of enabling conditions within a landscape being considered for restoration and for designing the requisite policies, practices, and measures needed for successful restoration.

The tool consists of a three-step process for developing strategies for successful forest landscape restoration:

  1. Users define the scope or geographic boundary within which to apply the diagnostic—such as a country, county, or watershed.
  2. Users conduct an assessment to identify which key success factors are already in place—and which are not—within the landscape being considered for restoration.
  3. Users identify which policies, incentives, and practices would address the missing factors.

When applied prior to initiating a restoration process, the diagnostic can help decision makers and stakeholders focus their efforts on getting the missing key success factors in place—before large amounts of human, financial, or political capital are invested. When applied periodically as landscape restoration progresses, the diagnostic can help decision makers and implementers sustain restoration progress through adaptive management. As a result, application of the diagnostic may increase the likelihood that forest landscape restoration processes will be successful.

The Diagnostic was developed as part of the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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