Restoring Latin America's Landscapes
“Initiative 20x20 works as a family of partners exchanging dialogue on key restoration questions and related topics.”
Kaspar Wansleben, Managing Director, Forestry and Climate Change Fund
“Our ecoregion constitutes one of the largest carbon sinks on the planet. It is also where a sustainable future is not only possible, but unavoidable.”
Sergio Bergmann, Former Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina
“CIAT has understood for a long time the pivotal linkage between agriculture and climate change. We are committed to support Initiative 20x20 as a cost effective approach to reduce GHG emissions while promoting improved soil quality, nutrient retention and agricultural yields.”
Ruben Echevarria, Former Director General, CIAT
“Initiative 20x20 can be an important contribution to the global restoration goals outlined under the Bonn Challenge and the New York Declaration on Forests.”
Grethel Aguilar, IUCN Coordinator in Central America
“Althelia is deploying capital in support of a portfolio of projects in the region to improve agricultural practices, restore degraded lands, and reduce pressure on natural ecosystems, with concrete results in emissions reductions, zero-net deforestation commodities, biodiversity, and livelihoods."
Christian del Valle, Former CEO, Althelia Climate
Main activities of Initiative 20X20
Inspire national commitments to restoration by engaging in a robust dialogue with Ministers of Agriculture and Environment in the region;
Make the economic case by assessing the societal benefits from restoration and avoided deforestation; and
Establish a financial mechanism that allows private sector impact investors to fund restoration projects
49% of greenhouse gas emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2012 resulted from forestry, land-use change, and agriculture.
Latin America and the Caribbean account for about half of the world’s remaining tropical and southern temperate forests.
Agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean expanded onto an additional 36 million hectares since 2000. This expansion came at the expense of forests and natural landscapes.
Land-use activities like agriculture, animal husbandry, and forestry contribute 5 percent of the region’s GDP and about 14 percent of its employment.
Land restoration can increase food productivity and security for an estimated 49 million under-nourished people in Latin America and the Caribbean.