For the love of restoration

Rill erosion in the lower Nyando River Basin, Kenya. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Swedish Agricultural University/Aida Bargués Tobella


The challenge of balancing quantity and quality in forest landscape restoration


By Aida Bargués Tobella


‘Forest Landscape Restoration’ is on everyone’s lips. Governments all over the world have committed to restore hundreds of millions of hectares of degraded land and the movement is just growing bigger.

In 2011, the Bonn Challenge — a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2020 — was launched. Three years later, the original target was endorsed and further extended by the New York Declaration on Forests to bring an additional 200 million hectares into restoration by 2030, making a total of 350 million hectares, an area slightly greater than that of India or Argentina.

Regional initiatives that contribute to the Bonn Challenge have emerged. These include the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative, and Initiative 20×20 for Latin America and the Caribbean.

As of September 2018, 47 countries have made Bonn Challenge commitments, pledging to restore a total of 160.2 million hectares.




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