The Barometer is a flexible progress-tracking tool that tracks the multiple dimensions of restoration planning, implementation and results.

It has been endorsed by over 40 countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia as well as by regional blocks such as the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Developed through extensive consultations with countries that have set targets under the Bonn Challenge, a global restoration goal, the Barometer can be applied at the national or sub-national level and gathers valuable information on how restoration programmes are planned, funded and implemented. Progress is measured not only as hectares under restoration, but also in terms of the number of jobs generated through restoration, the carbon sequestered and the benefits to biodiversity, by considering the impact of restoration on or near key biodiversity areas.

The result is a comprehensive picture of progress as well as an insight into implementation roadblocks, revealing opportunities for donors and technical agencies to step in and make targeted investments and interventions.

To date, the Barometer has been applied in 22 countries, identifying 45 Million hectares under restoration, over 354,000 short and long-term jobs created, with an average investment per hectare of at least US $ 235 and a potential for 1.38 billion tonnes of CO2 sequestered.

You can read more about the Barometer protocol here. Two reports – in 2017 and 2018 – have been generated thus far. The Barometer is now a live, online tool. For more information on how you can share data on restoration initiatives you are involved in, send an email to barometer [at] iucn.org