2 million hectares
  • 2015 2 million hectares by 2020

Hon. Emmanuel Niyonkuru, Minister of Water, Environment, Land Management and Urbanism, Burundi, announced the country’s commitment of 2 million hectares during the UN climate change conference (COP 21) that took place in Paris in 2015. The contributions come under The Bonn Challenge, a global initiative launched by Germany and IUCN in 2011 to have 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land under restoration by 2020. This target was endorsed by the UN Climate Summit in 2014 and extended to 350 million hectares under restoration by 2030.

“Forest landscape restoration is a no-regrets option,” says IUCN Director General Inger Andersen.“In addition to its invaluable carbon sequestration potential, it offers a whole suite of benefits, including food security and soil conservation in Ethiopia, water for megacities in China, and rural development and jobs in Guatemala.

“It is encouraging to see more countries and businesses recognising the power and cost-effectiveness of nature-based solutions like forest landscape restoration. Delegates here in Paris must take these solutions into account when finalising the new climate agreement.”

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