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
Support national commitments to restoration by engaging in a robust dialogue with ministries of environment and agriculture;
Analyze the economic, ecological, and social barriers to large-scale ecosystem restoration and protection and identify solutions to those challenges;
Promote private and public sector investment in restoration projects and entrepreneurs.
An estimated 58% of greenhouse gas emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean come from forestry, land-use change, and agriculture.
Latin America lost 5.8 million hectares of tree cover in 2020, an area of land larger than Costa Rica, according to Global Forest Watch.
Latin America and the Caribbean contain about 50% of the world's biodiversity.
In Latin America, every hectare restored can bring $1,140 in added revenue to local economies.
Land restoration can increase food productivity and security for an estimated 49 million under-nourished people in Latin America and the Caribbean.