The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), developed by IUCN and WRI, is a framework developed for countries to conduct forest and landscape restoration opportunity assessments and to identify specific priority areas at a national or sub-national level.

A ROAM assessment can be undertaken by a small team through collaborative engagement with stakeholders, and can deliver the following products:

  • Identified priority areas for restoration;
  • A shortlist of the most relevant and feasible restoration intervention types across the assessment area;
  • Quantified costs and benefits of each intervention type;
  • Estimated values of additional carbon sequestered by these intervention types;
  • Analysis of the finance and investment options for restoration in the assessment area; and
  • A diagnostic of ‘restoration readiness’ and strategies for addressing major policy and institutional bottlenecks.

Related tools like the Restoration Diagnostic help assess key success factors and enabling conditions. Since 2014, more than 40 ROAM assessments have been conducted in 27 countries.


Learn more about ROAM with IUCN’s series of four animated videos detailing the steps to undertake during an assessment. Watch now in BurmeseEnglish, French, IndonesianSpanish, Portuguese and Russian