Bonn Challenge - Landscape Restoration


Name of initiative Bonn Challenge - Landscape restoration
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
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Starting year 2011
End year
Secretariat International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 1630 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300 , Washington, DC, 20009, USA,
Organisational structure Permanent secretariat,
Geographical coverage Global, North America, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and The Caribbean, Africa, Western Europe, Eastern Europe
Name of lead organisation
Type of lead organisation Network/Consortium/Partnership
Location/Nationality of lead organisation United States of America


Description Designed as an implementation platform for several existing international commitments, the Bonn Challenge is a global aspiration to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020.
Objectives The Bonn Challenge calls for the restoration of 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.
Activities Countries, companies, communities, institutions and others pledge to restore degraded lands they own or have the rights to manage and they begin to restore, often with technical support from members of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration. They can help facilitate the planning and implementation of successful restoration - but may also provide support on the front-end, before a pledge has been made, to provide knowledge on restoration potential, build political will, or help catalyze necessary finance. Potential pledges are submitted to the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, through IUCN as its Secretariat and Coordinator.
One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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Function of initiative Implementation, Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Technical operational implementation (ex-post), Awareness raising and outreach, Goal setting (ex-ante)
Goal setting (ex-ante) — Mitigation - Forestry
Value (Mha)150350
Technical operational implementation (ex-post) — Mitigation - Forestry
Value (Mha)168210
Goals The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of the world's deforested and degraded lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.
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How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals The Bonn Challenge - Landscape restoration rose from11 participants in 2011 to 46 in 2018. In April 2018 the “Billion Tree Tsunami” project in Pakistan’s Hindu Kush mountain range became the first to fulfill a pledge towards the Bonn Challenge, by restoring nearly 350,000 hectares of deforested and degraded land. It was reported that the project has achieved its restoration target through a combination of protected natural regeneration and planned afforestation, and has established 13,000 private tree nurseries helping to boost local incomes, generating thousands of green jobs, and empowering unemployed youth and women in the province.
How are you tracking progress of your initiative The Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress, developed by IUCN and partners, will help countries track progress on their restoration interventions, publicise progress on commitments and unlock international support to address bottlenecks.

“For the first time, governments have a consistent and systemitised approach to track their leadership and successes in forest landscape restoration. IUCN is well placed to work with our state members to build the Barometer into a strong and inclusive solution that tracks progress, identifies blockages and unlocks support for restoration going forward,” said Stewart Maginnis, Global Director, Nature-Based Solutions Group, IUCN.

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Participants Number Names
Members 82  
Companies 1 Asia Pulp & Paper (Indonesia)
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 5 American Bird Conservancy (USA),  Bosques Modelo (Costa Rica),  Brazil's Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact (Brazil),  Conservacion Patagonia (Argentina),  Guatemala Private Natural Reserves (Guatamala)
National states 64 Argentina,  Armenia,  Azerbaijan,  Bangladesh,  Belize,  Benin,  Brazil,  Burkina Faso,  Burundi,  Cameroon,  Central African Republic,  Chad,  Chile,  Colombia,  Costa Rica,  Côte d'Ivoire,  Cuba,  Democratic Republic of the Congo,  Dominican Republic,  Ecuador,  El Salvador,  Eswatini,  Ethiopia,  Gambia,  Georgia,  Ghana,  Guatemala,  Guinea,  Honduras,  Iceland,  India,  Kazakhstan,  Kenya,  Kyrgyzstan,  Liberia,  Madagascar,  Malawi,  Mali,  Mexico,  Mongolia,  Mozambique,  Nicaragua,  Niger,  Nigeria,  Pakistan,  Panama,  Peru,  Republic of the Congo,  Rwanda,  Sri Lanka,  Senegal,  Sierra Leone,  Slovenia,  South Afrika,  Sudan,  Tajikistan,  Tanzania,  Togo,  Uganda,  USA,  Uruguay,  Uzbekistan,  Zimbabwe.

United States.

Governmental actors 3 US Forest Service (USA),  Brazil's Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact (Brazil),  Guatemala Private Natural Reserves (Guatemala).
Regional / state / county actors 9 Scotland (United K.),  Campeche (Mexico),  Chiapas (Mexico),  Quintana Roo (Mexico),  Yucatán (Mexico),  Espirito Santo (Brazil),  Mato Grosso (Brazil),  Sao Paulo (Brazil),  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan)
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 27 July 2022 12:21:38

Not only have national states as participators