How far we've come
148.38 million hectares pledged
15.1 GtCO2 sequestered
46,595 million USD
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. Restoration was recognized as a climate mitigation approach with tremendous extra benefits, for rural development, adaptation and food, energy and water security. At the Summit more than 31 million hectares of new restoration were committed to the Challenge, by countries as diverse as Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Niger, Guatemala and Colombia. 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 of approximately 10 million ha from Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and the Regional Program of Conservacion Patagonica are now being finalized.
The world’s ambition for restoration has never been higher. Explore who is contributing to the Bonn Challenge below.