Bonn Challenge

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  • The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.
  • It was launched in 2011 by the Government of Germany and IUCN, and later endorsed and extended by the New York Declaration on Forests at the 2014 UN Climate Summit.
  • Regional initiatives, including AFR100 in Africa, Initiative 20×20 in Latin America, and the Agadir Commitment in the Mediterranean build regional impetus for forest landscape restoration and contribute to the achievement of the Bonn Challenge. IUCN’s Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progressis helping pledgers track the implementation of their restoration commitments.
  • The Bonn Challenge is not a new global commitment but rather a practical means of realizing many existing international commitments, including the CBD Aichi Target 15, the UNFCCC REDD+ goal, and the Rio+20 land degradation neutrality goal. It is an implementation vehicle for national priorities such as water and food security and rural development while contributing to the achievement of international climate change, biodiversity and land degradation commitments.