ECCA30 launch at UN Climate Action Week

New forest landscape restoration initiative in Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia to launch 22 September at UN Climate Action Week in New York. ECCA countries will bring 30 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2030.
ECCA30 in white letters in front of trees

ECCA30 launch
Sunday, 22 September 2019
14:00 – 15:00
Nature's Climate Hub 
Convene Centre, 101 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10178

During the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, world leaders will convene in New York to demonstrate political will leading to ambitious commitments, as well as long-term strategies with interim actions and targets towards achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is a nature-based solution that delivers mitigation and adaptation outcomes. It is at the crux of global goals such as the Bonn Challenge, an implementation vehicle for the Paris Agreement and SDGs. Multiple efforts are underway to mainstream FLR within land and forest-based targets in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by facilitating action on the ground and raising ambition for the next round of NDC submissions.

blue and green logo of ECCA30Photo: IUCN/UNECE/WorldBank

Countries as diverse as Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Scotland in Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia (ECCA) are rising to the challenge. Join country champions at the launch of a new regional initiative to bring 30 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes in ECCA into restoration by 2030*, in support of the Bonn Challenge, the New York Declaration on Forests, Land Degradation Neutrality, and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

The event will feature short TED Flash talks from restoration champions and a moderated exchange with the audience including live polling. Speakers include high-level representatives and leaders from government ministries and international community.

ECCA30 will generate partnerships and promote knowledge sharing on climate change mitigation and adaptation potential of FLR among governments, private actors, and other stakeholders, to mobilise financial resources and technical support for implementation.

*This builds on the outcomes of the Caucasus and Central Asia Bonn Challenge ministerial meeting in 2018, where countries committed over 2.5 million hectares to the Bonn Challenge (Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan) through the Astana Resolution. In 2019, Azerbaijan and Scotland also made pledges to the Bonn Challenge.


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