2015 3.2 million hectares by 2020
At COP21 in Paris, December 2105, Niger commited to restore 3.2 million hectares of degraded and deforested land as a contribution to the Bonn Challenge. In an interview for the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, Dennis Garrity, drylands ambassador to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, described the context for restoration in Niger and how smallholder famers have already restored millions of hectares of semi-desert across the country.
A drylands success story
Where do the Quick Facts numbers come from?
All "Quick facts" are 2012 values from the World Bank Indicators database, except threatened species, which are 2014 values.
Potential economic and carbon sequestration benefits from this restoration commitment are calculated by IUCN as a portion of the total economic and carbon benefits estimated to accrue from fulfilling the Bonn Challenge. Larger commitments will generate greater benefits for people and nature. However, these are very rough estimates taken from a global analysis. They should not be used to guide national policy or decision-making. They are meant to inspire restoration and should be informed by more detailed ground-level analyses.
On the climate benefits
Initial analysis by IUCN found that achieving the 150 million hectare by 2020 goal would sequester approximately 1 gigaton of CO2 per year. The New York Declaration on Forests raised the Bonn Challenge ambition by calling for restoration of an additional 200 million hectares by 2030. Analysis of that goal by Climate Advisers found that we could reduce CO2 in the atmosphere by 0.6 to 1.7 billion tons (gigatons) per year by 2030, removing CO2 emissions of at least 11.8 to 33.5 gigatons over the period from 2011-2030.
Learn more about the estimated benefits of fulling the Bonn Challenge.
Learn more about our national assessments of restoration opportunity.