Great ambition

Landscape restoration is an old idea, but only recently has the world turned its collective attention to bringing health and vitality back to degraded lands at scale. In 2011, in response to a global study that found that more two billion hectares of land may offer restoration opportunities worldwide – an area the size of South America - world leaders launched the Bonn Challenge, a global goal to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land by 2020.

The following year Rwanda, the United States, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Brazil’s Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact committed 20 million hectares of restoration to the goal. Since then members of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration have sought out new contributors to the global movement and worked to put contributing countries on the path to restoration success.

The world is taking notice. In 2014 the Bonn Challenge was selected as one of only two forest-themed action items at the UN Climate Summit in September. The New York Declaration on Forests, signed by more than 100 countries, corporations, indigenous peoples and civil society groups at the Summit, embraced the Bonn Challenge and extended its goal to initiate up to an additional 200 million hectares of restoration by 2030. Contributions announced during the Lima COP in 2014 of approximately 10 million ha, while global leaders pledged more than 18 million in Bonn Challenge contributions during COP21 in Paris in 2015.

The world’s ambition for restoration has never been higher. Explore commitments from countries and organizations that are contributing to the Bonn Challenge below.

How far we've come

150.03 million hectares pledged

2020 goal 2030 goal 0 150 350

Million hectares

Commitments

44

Potential

  • Climate benefit:

    15.26 GtCO2 sequestered

  • Economic activity:

    47,113 million USD