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 is a global goal to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes into restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. Launched by the Government of Germany and IUCN in 2011, the Challenge surpassed the 150-million-hectare milestone for pledges in 2017.
Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is the ongoing process of restoring the ecological functionality of degraded and deforested landscapes while enhancing the well-being of people who coexist with these places.
Join the worldwide effort to restore degrade and deforested lands! These steps outline the process of making a pledge to the Bonn Challenge. Situations differ from country to country, so steps may be skipped, added or expanded to adapt to each pledger’s goals.
The Bonn Challenge brings together countries that share borders, ecosystems and economies in regional platforms to collaborate on common goals and challenges. These platforms help catalyse political will and ambition in restoring degraded lands.