IUCN launches forest landscape restoration country profiles on existing domestic restoration objectives
The Bonn Challenge to have 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land under restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030 is moving closer to achievement.
A key part of this progress comes from the national and subnational restoration plans and programmes already being established worldwide. All of these provide a foundation for defining and implementing contributions to the Bonn Challenge, while also contributing to climate action.
Documenting these existing targets also shows potential progress under Aichi Target 15 on biodiversity, the UN climate convention’s REDD+ goal, the UN Climate Summit declaration, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification land degradation neutrality goal and several Sustainable Development Goals.
More practically, these existing policies, programmes and targets represent opportunities where restoration has begun or could begin and where ongoing forest landscape restoration (FLR) leadership could be recognised under the Bonn Challenge.
IUCN has reviewed these actionable domestic targets as laid out in official government plans, REDD+ strategies, and in-country multilateral investment programmes, and presented them in a series of country profiles.
The first 28 profiles are now available on the Bonn Challenge FLR Desk, an online resource for collecting and tracking this information. The web page was formally launched by IUCN’s Director General, Inger Andersen, at a high-level media event on 6 December at the Global Landscapes Forum during the UN climate conference (COP21) in Paris.
The FLR Desk country profiles highlight new momentum in forest landscape restoratio and showcase the wealth of existing restoration leadership within national and subnational governments. Each profile lists targets (in hectares) associated with FLR activities that are already part of domestic plans and/or targets. For example, in the cases of Indonesia and Uganda, the profiles show that there are approximately 28 million hectares and 2.9 million hectares identified for or under restoration, respectively.
In collecting these details, IUCN aims to provide a useful tool in highlighting the ambition of restoration leadership already in place while showing the opportunity for potential pledges towards the Bonn Challenge. Moreover, it is through these existing domestic targets that landscape restoration can turn into action on the ground and become climate solutions.
For more information on the FLR profiles, visit the Bonn Challenge FLR Desk website.