ISFL provides technical assistance for emissions-reduction programs that impact multiple sectors of the economy, as well as results-based payments to incentivize and sustain program activities. 

ISFL programs also serve as in-country strategic engagement platforms to mobilize, coordinate, and scale up funding from different sources. The ISFL is focused on synchronizing multi-sector, multi-partner land-use interventions from both the public and private sectors to maximize positive results.


Orinoquía Sustainable Integrated Landscape Program
Oromia Forested Landscape Program
Oromia Forested Landscape Program
Jambi Sustainable Landscape Management Project
Mexico Strengthening Entrepreneurship in Productive Forest Landscapes Project
Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Program
Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Program

Country Selection Criteria


ISFL countries are selected on the basis of criteria that provide the best foundation for ISFL programs to achieve the greatest possible impact. These criteria ensure that countries are prepared to undertake a complex land-use program that will be governed and monitored effectively. They also assess the global community’s commitment to working collectively toward in-country solutions so that countries have the necessary support to achieve results.


  • Engagement and capacity for large-scale programs: The ISFL assesses the degree of readiness for a large-scale emission reductions program. This is based on a preliminary assessment of a country’s engagement in and capacity for a results-based or REDD+ program and its potential to reduce carbon emissions. In particular, links between national efforts for sustainable forestry use and other land uses are considered, as well as the institutional arrangements in place and the capacity of local stakeholders to implement such a program.

  • Enabling environment and governance: The ISFL assesses the current quality of the enabling environment and its potential to improve, considering the strength of governance, private sector engagement, and in-country green growth initiatives.

  • Agricultural drivers of land use change: The ISFL analyzes the agricultural factors behind land-use change to understand which commodities, if any, are key drivers and whether the pressure on forests could be considered historically high or likely to increase significantly. This analysis allows the ISFL to understand the potential of climate-smart agriculture practices to reduce GHG emissions in potential program countries.