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THE BONN CHALLENGE
On the second of September, 2011, within view of the banks of the river Rhine, world leaders assembled in Bonn, Germany, to launch the largest restoration initiative the world has ever seen.
Designed as an implementation platform for several existing international commitments, the Bonn Challenge is a global aspiration to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020. It is an ambitious goal, but we can achieve it.
Since its inception the Bonn Challenge has captured the world's attention. Nearly a dozen countries and institutions have made land restoration pledges to the Challenge or are in the process of preparing pledges. In a poll circulated before the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012, over a million global citizens voted the Challenge as the most important forest issue upon which heads of state should act - the second most important issue overall after sustainable energy. Millions of hectares of degraded land have now been identified for restoration under pledges to the Challenge.
Action on the Ground
The Bonn Challenge is leading to real progress on the ground. Assessments of restoration opportunity are ongoing in numerous countries and restoration pledges are being incorporated into national plans and strategies.
The foundation of the Bonn Challenge, and the promise its goal holds for answering many of the world's most pressing challenges, rests in the principles of Forest Landscape Restoration, a long-term process of regaining ecological integrity and enhancing human well-being in degraded and deforested lands.
Learn more about the principles of Forest Landscape Restoration - one approach that brings many benefits.
Check back soon for a new Bonn Challenge website, where you can track our global progress, learn about on-going restoration across the world, and, most importantly, get involved.