In order to maintain the drive to this initiative and increase the ambition of landscape restoration, the Governments of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of Norway, along with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), will sponsor the Bonn Challenge Latin America meeting in Honduras in June 2017, as a contribution for the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR).

The Bonn Challenge Latin America meeting will contribute to a political dialogue through the formulation of environmental investment conditions and promotion of the interest of private supporters, which will allow for employment generation and climate investment at a higher scale.

The goals of the Bonn Challenge Latin America 2017 meeting will be to: 

  1. Propitiate the creation of technical and political capacities towards landscape restoration activities.
  2. Experience sharing with the Latin American region about good governance forestry and employment generation processes associated with landscape restoration.
  3. Strengthen the ties of cooperation between the countries of the region.

This dialogue platform will focus its discussion this year on two important landscape restoration subjects: forest governance and the generation of employment associated with forests.Forest governance for landscape restoration enables a clear response through concrete actions to obtain short, medium and long term results, generating a learning, adaptation and continuous improvement process for the governing bodies with regard to forest management. Forest-based employment generation allows the reestablishment of the forest as a natural assets. Landscape restoration can be an opportunity for employment generation due to its low demand of capital, a high multiplying effect, as well as a high flexibility and adaptability to diverse market situations. 

In Latin America, there have already been 18 announced commitments for a total of 35,64 million hectares. Among those countries are: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru.

The agenda for the event is available here: English, Spanish

Blogs and Media

Video 1: Invitation from the Minister and expected outcomes (in Spanish)

Video 2: Welcome to the participants and background of the event (in Spanish)