A growing suite of “home grown” high-level processes is emerging in support of the Bonn Challenge, driven by the political will of countries and regional institutions. These include the Latin American Ministerial Regional Meetings in El Salvador in August 2015 and Panama in August 2016 with a third session in June 2017 in Honduras, followed by Guatemala in 2018 and Cuba in 2019; the East, Central and West African Ministerial Meeting in Kigali in July 2016; and the Asia Pacific Regional Ministerial Meeting in May 2017. The Kigali Declaration is a reflection of and catalyst for high level Pan-African leadership on restoration action.

In August 2015, the first regional meeting was held – the Bonn Challenge Latin America – in El Salvador. This conference sought to promote restoration efforts in countries in the region and encourage parties to join the initiative by establishing local commitments. This would be done through an international platform for dialogue on topics such as capacity building, cooperation systems, and financing mechanisms for landscape restoration. 

This meeting highlighted the need to foster capacity-building through South-South cooperation, including exchange of specialized knowledge and advice, building learning networks, developing technical instruments and tools, and taking advantage of experiences not only from countries in the region, but from Africa and Asia as well. 

Regional Meetings

Recent Regional Meeting News

Delegates from nearly a dozen countries in Asia came together in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia on May 9-10, 2017 to identify ways to collaborate on forest landscape restoration (FLR) in support of the Bonn Challenge. The meeting was led by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia and the Government of South Sumatra, in cooperation with IUCN.

The success of the fifth Mediterranean Forest Week, held in Agadir, Morocco, culminated in March 2017, in a commitment by nine country stakeholders - Algeria, France, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, and Turkey - to support Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR), Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and biodiversity conservation efforts in the Mediterranean region. 

On August 26, 2016, the second meeting of the Bonn Challenge Latin America 2016 was held in Panama City.