To date, more than 100 million hectares have been pledged to the Bonn Challenge; a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2020 and 350 million by 2030. Seventeen African nations have contributed 63.3 million hectares.
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The Bonn Challenge (bonnchallenge.org) is an implementation vehicle for national priorities such as water and food security and rural development, while simultaneously helping countries contribute to the achievement of international climate change, biodiversity and land degradation neutrality commitments.
Since July 2016, 14 African countries have endorsed the visionary Kigali Declaration – a Pan-African commitment to accelerate forest landscape restoration interventions in support of the Bonn Challenge. Recognising the close connection between restoring forests and ensuring food and water security for vulnerable communities, signing ministers declared, “Forest landscape restoration offers multiple benefits that align directly with African nations’ economic growth and poverty reduction plans.”
The Kigali Declaration was launched at a regional Bonn Challenge ministerial meeting, hosted by the Government of Rwanda, and supported by the East African Community (EAC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). High level representatives from East, Central and West Africa met to recognise leadership, build regional cooperation and accelerate implementation of forest landscape restoration in support of the Bonn Challenge.