Improving the way knowledge on forests is understood and used internationally (KNOWFOR2)

Group photo of participants at Bonn Challenge and FLR Roundtable, New Delhi, India

Project title: Improving the way knowledge on forests is understood and used internationally

Location: India

Duration: December, 2016 – August, 2017

Project background:

The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. A growing suite of “home grown” high-level processes is emerging in support of the Bonn Challenge, driven by the political will of countries and regional institutions. The Bonn Challenge 2020 target was launched at a high-level event in Bonn, in 2011, co-hosted by the German Ministry of the Environment and IUCN, and was later endorsed and extended to 2030 by the New York Declaration on Forests of the 2014 UN Climate Summit. Underlying the Bonn Challenge is the Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) approach, which aims to restore ecological integrity at the same time as improving human well-being through multifunctional landscapes. The Bonn Challenge is not a new global commitment but rather a practical means of realising many existing international commitments.

India was one of the first countries in Asia to commit to the Bonn Challenge, announcing a 21 million hectare pledge at COP21 in Paris in December 2015. Other pledges from Asia include commitments from India, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The announcement by the Government of India was mainly facilitated through IUCN's year-long engagement with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), which aimed to equip and inform key decision makers about FLR, with support from the KNOWFOR program.

During the year-long engagement, two key workshops were organised. The discussion in these events highlighted the need to document and disseminate lessons from ongoing and completed FLR initiatives to support achievement of the Bonn Challenge target. It also identified an urgent need to facilitate national and regional-level dialogues on the ways in which FLR can be a successful strategy for mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change, while simultaneously catalysing economic development and helping to achieve other development goals. 


The main aim of this phase of the proposed project is to build upon the key recommendations of previous work done by IUCN with support from the KNOWFOR project to promote and scale up FLR and the Bonn Challenge in the South Asia region.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Build a South Asia regional FLR/Bonn Challenge approach and platform
  • Generate and document evidence on progress being made in India on the implementation of its Bonn Challenge contribution and lessons learned from this.


Organisation of a South Asia (Himalaya) Regional FLR and Bonn Challenge Workshop

The output of this workshop would be a south-south FLR dialogue report.

Documentation and dissemination of progress towards the Bonn Challenge in India

The key outputs will include:

i) a compendium of restoration progress since 2010 and challenges in India;
ii) a policy brief and recommendations on next steps on FLR at the national/sub-national level; and
iii) blogs and other communication products.

Partner: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC)

To view Proceedings of the South Asia Regional Consultation on Forest Landscape Restoration, please click here.


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