Sri Lanka


0.2 million hectares
  • 2017 0.2 million hectares by 2020

The Asia Bonn Challenge event, held in May 2017, brought together twelve Asian countries to identify ways to collaborate on forest landscape restoration (FLR) in support of the Bonn Challenge. The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia and the Government of South Sumatra in cooperation with IUCN. Along with pledges from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Mongolia during the same event, Sri Lanka made a pledge to the Bonn Challenge that helped to tip the Bonn Challenge over its 150 million hectare milestone.

Sri Lanka pledges that approximately a 200,000 ha of forest land will be restored by the year 2030 in line with its Presidential Initiative “Sri Lanka Next: Blue Green Era, as communicated in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by increasing the forest cover from 29% to 32% by 2030 and the forest policy of establishing forest land bank for Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) towards providing local and global benefits with the participation of all stakeholders including the private sector. 

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Initiative is a landmark campaign to engage all sectors and citizens in the country’s efforts towards sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives. The country also has a forest policy establishing a forest land bank for forest landscape restoration towards providing local and global benefits with the participation of all stakeholders, including the private sector.

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