The global push for forest landscape restoration and the increased ambition shown by countries have fostered several regional political spaces as well as technical platforms, such as the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) in Africa, Initiative 20x20 in Latin American and Caribbean, ECCA30 in Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and the Agadir Commitment for the Mediterranean.

Regional Initiatives Driving the Bonn Challenge

AFR100 (the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative) is a country-led effort to bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. AFR100 contributes to the Bonn Challenge, the African Resilient Landscapes Initiative (ARLI), the African Union Agenda 2063, the Sustainable Development Goals and other targets.

ECCA30 seeks to bring 30 million hectares of degraded and deforested land in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia into restoration by 2030. ECCA30 will serve as a regional initiative to secure additional commitments and accelerate the implementation of the Bonn Challenge, a global restoration goal, the Land Degradation Neutrality and land and forest-based targets towards achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Initiative 20x20 is a country-led effort to restore 20 million hectares of land in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2020. The initiative was launched formally at COP 20 in Lima and is expected to contribute 10-15 million hectares of restoration to the Bonn Challenge.

The success of the fifth Mediterranean Forest Week, held in Agadir, Morocco, will culminate today in a commitment by nine country stakeholders - Algeria, France, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, and Turkey - to support Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR), Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and biodiversity conservation efforts in the Mediterranean region. The new dynamic will be fundamental in realizing regional forest and landscape restoration goals that are key to the broader sustainable development agenda.