Initiative 20x20


Name of initiative Initiative 20x20
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
Related initiatives
Commitments to Initiative 20x20 are in support of the Bonn Challenge, a global target to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land by the year 2020 through forest and landscape restoration.
The commitments to Initiative 20x20 will contribute to the New York Declaration on Forests that builds on and extends the Bonn Challenge to restore 350 million hectares by 2030.
Starting year 2014
End year
Secretariat World Resources Institute

Walter Vergara (Lead of the Initiative) 10 G Street NE Suite 800 Washington, DC 20002, USA

Organisational structure The World Resources Institute (WRI) serves as secretariat to Initiative 20x20. The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and WRI are founding members of Initiative 20x20. 17 countries in the Latin American region have established ambitions to restore and safeguard the functionality of lands.

More than 40 technical partners, including civil society organizations and academic institutions, and 21 financial partners, support processes to catalyze restoration in the Latin American region.

Geographical coverage Latin America and The Caribbean
Name of lead organisation World Resources Institute
Type of lead organisation Academic/Research institution
Location/Nationality of lead organisation United States of America


Description Initiative 20x20 is a country-led effort to bring 20 million hectares of land in Latin America and the Caribbean into restoration by 2020. The initiative—launched formally at COP 20 in Lima—supports the Bonn Challenge, a global commitment to restore 150 million hectares of land around the world by 2020 and the New York Declaration on Forests that seeks to restore 350 million hectares by 2030.

Initiative 20x20 supports reforestation (natural and assisted), conservation of forests as well as avoided deforestation as elements of an integral restoration process. Cognizant of the various degrees of land degradation in the region, the initiative will also support efforts to recover land functionality (soil conservation and recovery; carbon storage; water retention and stable hydrologies; biodiversity conservation and recovery) through agroforestry, sylvo pastures, and other sustainable land use schemes.

Objectives Initiative 20x20 aims to bring 20 million hectares of land in Latin America and the Caribbean into the process of restoration by 2020 and to change the dynamics of degradation for a sustainable and low-carbon land use.
Activities - Inspire national commitments to restoration by engaging in a robust dialogue with Ministers of Agriculture and Environment in the region

- Highlight the economic case of restoration - Provide technical support, share expertise and research supporting on themes around the implementation of restoration and conservation - Support the deployment of investment in restoration across Latin America and the Caribbean.

One or two success stories achieved - 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have established ambitions to restore and avoid degradation in 50 million hectares across the region. This level of commitment from member countries has allowed them to surpass the Initiative's initial objective to bring 20 million hectares into the process of restoration.

- 22 impact investors and companies are deploying capital in innovative restoration projects and are becoming the blue print for sustainable land use practice that deliver environmental, social and financial returns.

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Implementation, Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Goal setting (ex-ante), Awareness raising and outreach, Advocacy
Goal setting (ex-ante) — Mitigation - Forestry
Value (Mha)20
Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved National restoration goals are tracked by the secretariat based on country self-reported progress on their independently established restoration goals. The Initiative is also beginning to use state-of-the-art satellite data to independently track where trees are growing in landscapes throughout Latin America.

Deployed investments on restoration by financial partners and other organizations and partners are tracked by the secretariat using impact investors’ self-reported project information including, as a minimum, investment amount, project location, type of restoration and project size (in hectares).

Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals To date, US$2.457 billion have been earmarked. Out of this amount, initial self-reported data indicates that at least US$414 million have been invested. There is now a wide consensus amongst policy makers on the relevance of restoration to achieve climate and sustainable goals as evidenced by the Madrid Declaration (, and the Buenos Aires and Lima’s Ministerial Communication ( ).

Also, studies on the Economic Case of Restoration, Seed Supply Systems, Policies and Incentives have been completed. The studies can be accessed in the following links:

There is a self-reported list of 195 land projects by the partners to the initiative.

How are you tracking progress of your initiative Under the initiative a major monitoring effort in envisioned, capable of documenting the restoration process in some detail. Key elements in this effort include remote sensing, on the ground sampling and modeling.
Available reporting


Participants Number Names
Members 143  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 94 3er Planeta (Colombia),  AIDER - Partnership for Integrated Research and Development (Peru),  Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute (Colombia),  Aliados (Equador),  Alliance for Zero Extinction (uruguay),  Amazon Conservation Team (Colombia),  American Bird Conservancy (USA),  ANCON (Panama),  ARCAS (Guatamala),  Azuero Earth Project (Panama),  Biodiversity Partnership Mesoamerica (Costa Rica),  Biohabitats (Panama),  Bioversity International (Italy),  Canopy Energy (Paraguay),  Carbon Group Agro-Climatic Solutions (Argentina),  Celsia (Colombia),  Center for Conservation,  Research and Management of Natural Areas – Cordillera Azul (Peru),  CIFOR (Indonesia),  CINCIA (Peru),  CIRAD (France),  Climate Focus (Netherlands),  Climate Institute (USA),  Colciencias (Colombia),  CONDESAN (Peru),  Conservation International (USA),  Conservation Strategy Fund (Peru),  Corcovado Foundation (Costa Rica),  Cornell Lab of Ornithology USA),  Corporación Ambiental Empresarial (Colombia),  Defensores de la Naturaleza (Guatamala),  EcoAgriculture Partners (USA),  Ecodes Engineering (Colombia),  EcoPlanet Bamboo (Mexico),  Ecosystem Restoration Camps (Peru),  Faculty of Forest Sciences and Natural Resources (Chile),  Fair Connection (Chile),  Fondo para la Paz (Mexico),  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy),  Forest Stewardship Council - FSC (Germany),  Forestpa (Colombia),  Forliance (Peru),  FUCORE (Costa Rica),  FUNDECOR (Costa Rica),  Fundación Agreste (Argentina),  Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco (Ecuador),  Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development -FCDS (Colombia),  Fundacion Natura (Colombia),  Fundacion Pasticultores del Desierto AC (Mexico),  Fundacion PRISMA (El Salvador),  Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina (Argentina),  Fundo Brasileiro para a Biodiversidade (Brazil),  Global Forest Generation (Peru),  GPS (Argentina),  Helvetas (Peru),  Ibero-American Model Forest Network (Peru),  Instituto Privado de Investigación sobre Cambio Climático (Guatemala),  Instituto Centro de Vida (Brazil),  International Center for Tropical Agriculture - CIAT (Colombia),  International Foundation for the Restoration of Ecosystems - FIRE (Spain),  International Society of Tropical Foresters (Panama),  International Union for the Conservation of Nature - IUCN (Switzerland),  ISA Conexión Jaguar (Peru),  Natural Capital Project (USA),  Netherlands Development Organisation - SNV (Netherlands),  OroVerde – The Tropical Forest Foundation (Germany),  Osa Conservation (Costa Rica),  Ovis 21 (Argentina),  Point Blue Conservation Science (Peru),  Preferred by Nature (Peru),  ProAves Foundation (Colombia),  Pronatura Noroeste A.C. (Mexico),  Rain For Climate (USA),  Rainforest Alliance (USA),  Rainforest Foundation (USA),  Rainforest Partnership (USA),  Rare (USA),  Reforestamos (Mexico),  Solidaridad South America (Peru),  Southern Wings (USA),  Sustainable Amazon Foundation (Brazil),  Sustainable Harvest Initiative (Honduras),  Taking Root (Nicaragua),  The Nature Conservancy (USA),  The Sustainable Trade Initiative (Netherlands),  The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center - CATIE (Costa Rica),  Tompkins Conservation (Argentina),  UNIQUE Forestry and Land Use (Germany),  Verra (USA),  Veritree (Peru),  Vielca Medio Ambiente (Nicaragua),  Viridis Terra International (Canada),  Wetlands International (Argentina),  World Agroforestry Centre - ICRAF (Kenya),  World Resources Institute (USA),  World Wildlife Fund (USA)
National states 18 Argentina,  Belize,  Bolivia,  Brazil,  Chile,  Colombia,  Costa Rica,  Dominican Republic,  Ecuador,  El Salvador,  Guatemala,  Honduras,  Mexico,  Nicaragua,  Panama,  Paraguay,  Peru,  Uruguay.
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 31 12Tree Finance (Germany),  Althelia funds (United Kingdom),  Andes Amazon Fund (Colombia),  AndGreen Fund (Netherlands),  CARANA Agribusiness Partnerships (USA),  Climate Assesment Management (United K.),  EcoEnterprises Fund (USA),  EcoSecurities (Uruguay),  Ejido Verde (Mexico),  FIS Ameris (Chile),  Fondo Acción (Colombia),  Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (Mexico),  Forestry and Climate Change Fund (Costa Rica),  Kaeté Investimentos (Brazil),  Livelihoods Fund (Belgium),  LXG Amazon Reforestry Fund (Peru),  Mirova (Peru),  Moringa (France),  Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund (Switzerland),  Permian Global (United Kingdom),  Pomeroon (Guyana),  Pomona Impact (Guatamala),  Root Capital (Coata Rica),  SLM Partners (Australia),  Small Farmers Climate Adaptation Fund (Costa Rica),  South Pole (Switzerland),  Spades (Belize),  Symbiosis Investimentos (Brazil),  Terra Bella Fund (USA),  Timber Capital (Colombia)

Urapi Sustainable Land Use (Colombia).

Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


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Last update: 11 April 2022 13:38:39

Not only have national states as participators