Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress Project – Sri Lanka Component

Restoration planing at  kanneliya forest

Project title: Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress Project – Sri Lanka Component

Location: Sri Lanka

Duration: 2018 – 2019

Project Background

In 2011, the Government of Germany and IUCN launched the Bonn Challenge, a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2020, and 350 million hectares by 2030. This challenge also serves to supports countries in achieving other international goals such as the CBD Aichi Target 15, the UNFCCC REDD+ goal, Rio +20 land degradation neutrality approach as well as the Sustainable Development Goal 15. Restoration of 350 million hectares of deforested and degraded land can generate benefits of up to USD 170 billion per year to the environment, people and economy.

The forest landscape restoration (FLR) approach is the foundation of the Bonn Challenge. Rather than only promoting the increase of forest cover, FLR also focuses on recovering ecological functions and providing benefits to human, through the restoration of degraded and deforested lands.

A total of 58 pledges to restore 170.43 million ha of land have been made thus far from over 45 countries, towards the Bonn Challenge commitment. In 2017, the Government of Sri Lanka also pledged to restore 200,000 ha of forest land (0.2 million hectares) which aligns well with their commitment to increase forest cover to 32% by 2030.

In efforts to support pledgers in demonstrating and evaluating their progress, whilst also identifying gaps and challenges they face when restoring land, IUCN developed the Bonn Challenge Barometer. The Barometer is a universal framework that pledgers can use to help collate and analyse data on their progress towards the Bonn Challenge. The Barometer is being piloted in 6 countries, including Sri Lanka, with funding from the German Environment Ministry – The International Climate Initiative.

The Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress Project – Sri Lanka, implemented by IUCN Sri Lanka Country Office, therefore aims to develop a database, using the Barometer of Progress framework, and record information on landscape restoration within the country. The database will incorporate restoration efforts from various stakeholders (government, private, non-government organisations, and community based organisations) to allow the Government of Sri Lanka to evaluate its progress towards the pledge of 200,000 ha as well as help find solutions to identified challenges in landscape restoration.

Objectives of the project

  • Publicise the Bonn Challenge Barometer
  • Collate landscape restoration efforts within the country according to Bonn Challenge Barometer framework
  • Assess Sri Lanka’s progress towards the meeting of Bonn Challenge pledge made in 2017
  • Provide information to pledgers to facilitate and improve their landscape restoration efforts  

Expected Outputs

  • Database on forest landscape restoration efforts in Sri Lanka according to the Barometer framework

Donor/s: German Environment Ministry – The International Climate Initiative (BMU – IKI)

Partner/s: Forest Department of Sri Lanka, Biodiversity Sri Lanka

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