Pakistan (KPK)


0.38 million hectares
  • 2015 0.38 million hectares by 2020

Learn about how we created the restoration opportunities map above.

Restoration in the roof of the world

In June of 2015 the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK), a province in northern Pakistan, announced that a massive tree planting campaign will contribute to the Bonn Challenge. The "Billion Tree Tsunami" campaign, launched earlier in the year by Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party,  aims to turn the tide on land degradation and loss in KPK, a mountainous, formerly forested province in the Hindu Kush mountain range. Alongside IUCN President Xinsheng Zhang, Imran Khan and government officials from KPK celebrated Pakistan's new contribute to the Bonn Challenge goal. The Pakistan government has promised 150 billion dollars to the forest restoration effort.   

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.