Globally, the restoration of degraded and deforested landscapes using the forest landscape restoration (FLR) approach has gained recognition as a way for countries to achieve multiple national and international priorities on mitigating climate change, enhancing the resilience of vulnerable communities, improving livelihoods, reducing desertification and conserving biodiversity.
The Ministerial Roundtable on Forest Landscape Restoration and the Bonn Challenge in the Caucasus and Central Asia was held on the 21 - 22 June 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The two-day event begun with a tree planting ceremony in front of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation followed by a field trip to the Green Belt of Astana city on the first day. Roundtable discussions followed on the second day.
The workshop on Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) and the Bonn Challenge in Eastern and South-East Europe took place on 16 and 17 December 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia. The meeting was attended by 40 participants, including government representatives from Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro, Croatia, Republic of Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Germany, Ukraine, Slovenia, Republic of North Macedonia, Turkey and the Czech Republic.
The Bonn Challenge has received unprecedented support in Latin America with 18 pledges of over 35 million hectares. An additional 16 million hectares of restoration on agricultural lands not involving trees and non-territorially-defined pledges are included as part of Initiative 20x20 – a regional platform supporting the Bonn Challenge with the goal of bringing 20 million hectares of land into restoration by 2020.
The Bonn Challenge and the three Rio conventions all acknowledge the important contribution of forests and land to the achievement of their respective goals and objectives. Many forest and land-use solutions that contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation also combat desertification, land degradation, and conserve or restore biodiversity. This brief presents a snapshot of opportunities for integrated measures to increase restoration ambition and action and demonstrate impact in a complementary and mutually supporting manner.