What is Bonn Challenge?
The Bonn Challenge is a global endeavor that aims to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020, and 350 million by 2030. It has made great progress so far by reaching 35% of its 2030 target.
The challenge addresses national priorities such as food and water security and rural development, and at the same time, contributes to the achievement of international climate change, biodiversity, and land degradation commitments.
When was it Launched?
It was launched in the year 2011 by the Government of Germany and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and later supported and extended by the New York Declaration on Forests in 2014.
Why is Bonn Challenge Important?
The Bonn challenge brings together different nations and regions for drawing landscapes into restoration to reverse and halt the effects of land degradation. It enables people and countries to be stewards of landscapes they depend on— nurturing the land’s health and conserving it for future generations.
How to be a Part of the Bonn Challenge?
In order to make a pledge to the Bonn Challenge, companies, countries, institutions, communities, and other entities need to submit their commitments to restore degraded and deforested lands they own or have the right to manage, to the IUCN.