To make a pledge, consult with IUCN as the Secretariat of the Bonn Challenge through its global and regional offices.

You can send an email to bonnchallengesecretariat [at] iucn.org to start a conversation and we will help you define a pledge and identify synergies with existing national and sub-national restoration programmes.

Once a pledge has been identified, your government will need to submit a letter confirming the hectare figure committed. The template is available here and should include information about:

  • Location and number of hectares
  • Stakeholder support
  • Anticipated types of restoration strategies

Some  contributors  prefer  to  carry  out FLR assessments to  confirm  the  nature  of  the restoration potential and strategies before confirming their contributions. IUCN can assist with planning these assessments.

IUCN will then work with your government to identify a high-profile event to announce your pledge.

It's now time to move from pledge to implementation. Preparing to restore includes the following steps:

  • Map the potential using an FLR assessment tool such as the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM).
  • Assess the economic benefits, presence of success factors, and carbon mitigation potential
  • Define the restoration strategies
  • Build capacity
  • Develop or reinforce policies, institutions and programmes
  • Identify and mobilise investment opportunities
  • Initiate a suite of restoration strategies
  • Disseminate best practices
  • Scale up successful models

The progress of pledges to the Bonn Challenge are tracked using the Barometer. You can read about the protocol, currently being applied in 22 countries, here.