International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,300 Member organisations and the input of more than 10,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

Empowering conservation efforts worldwide, IUCN works with our state and civil society members and partners to build thriving and productive landscapes, to advance the rights and interests of forest communities, to engage investors, and to implement effective forest and land-use policies.

Thematic and Regional Scope of work within Initiative 20x20: The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2020 and 350 million by 2030. The 2020 target was launched at a high level event in Bonn in 2011 organised by the government of Germany and IUCN, and was later endorsed and extended to 2030 by the New York Declaration on Forests of the 2014 UN Climate Summit. The implementation of the Bonn Challenge is being supported by members of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR), launched in 2003 by IUCN and the Government of the United Kingdom, to catalyse dynamic, voluntary action through sharing diverse experiences on restoration efforts which deliver tangible benefits to both local communities and nature through a landscape approach, while also fulfilling international commitments on forests. IUCN works with members and partners in the implementation of the Bonn Challenge, including through regional collaboration platforms such as Initiative 20x20 in Latin America, which play a key role in this global movement. For information on national commitments and programmes and action undertaken by Latin American countries that have made pledges to the Bonn Challenge directly or through Initiative 20x20, see InfoFLR and the Bonn Challenge website.

Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is defined and shaped within each national context, as FLR has proven to be an effective mechanism for integrating multiple objectives, including those aligned with reducing emissions from deforestation and forest/land degradation, increasing adaptation, enhancing biodiversity elements, facilitating sustainable rural development and unlocking climate-smart private sector investments. IUCN is currently supporting 11 countries in Latin America in the design of restoration strategies that can transform rural landscapes by providing technical backstopping, convening stakeholders to build consensus on restoration initiatives and ensure inclusive implementation, and developing strategic advocacy that spurs government leadership and ambition towards restoration.