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. Almost 50 national governments, sub-national governments and private organizations have announced pledges to the Bonn Challenge. There is increased interest from countries in adapting forest landscape restoration (FLR) to their national context, as FLR has proven to be an effective mechanism for integrating multiple objectives, including those aligned with reducing emissions from deforestation, increasing adaptation, facilitating sustainable rural development and unlocking climate-smart private sector investments. Making a commitment to restore deforested and degraded land will contribute to achieving this global ambition and signal leadership on restoration.

What is counted toward the Bonn Challenge target?

Contributions may be:

1.  New forest landscape restoration initiatives over a specified number of hectares in defined geographies, or

2.  Enhancements of existing national or sub-national restoration initiatives (from January 1, 2010) covering specified numbers of hectares – if these are explicitly being: Aligned with FLR principles and brought under the Bonn Challenge umbrella.

What is the process for contributing a pledge to the Bonn Challenge?

1.  EXPRESS INTEREST: Consult with IUCN, the Secretariat of the Bonn Challenge, through its global and regional offices to define a pledge and identify synergies with exisiting national and sub-national restoration programmes.
3.  PREPARE AND CONFIRM A CONTRIBUTION: Provide information about: Status of the contributor(s); Location and number of hectares; Stakeholder support; and Anticipated types of restoration strategies. Note that some contributors may wish to carry out assessments to confirm the ature of the restoration potential and strategies (see below) before confirming their contributions.
5.  PUBLICISE THE CONTRIBUTION: Identify, organise or agree to participate in an event; Notify the media
7.  PREPARE TO RESTORE: Map the potential; Assess the economic benefits, presence of success factors, and carbon mitigation potential; Define the restoration strategies; Build capacity; Develop of reinforce policies, intitutions and programmes; Identify and mobilise investment opportunities
8.  RESTORE: Initiate a suite of restoration strategies; Disseminate best practices; Scale up successful models
9.  TRACK PROGRESS: The Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress, currently under development by IUCN and partners, will help countries track progress on their restoration interventions, publicise progress on commitments and unlock internation support to address bottlenecks.