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Supporting Initiative 20 by 20: A country-led effort to bring 20 million hectares of degraded land in Latin America and the Caribbean into restoration by 2020

As of: May 2020

Objective and activities

650 million hectares of land are affected by degradation and deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean. The project supports the 20x20 initiative, which aims to restore around 20 million hectares of degraded land in the region by 2020. The initiative thus makes a substantial contribution to the Bonn Challenge . The project also works together with governments, authorities, research institutions and the private sector to this end. The project partners conduct a cost-effectiveness-analysis for restoration measures and identify new financial mechanisms with the help of the private sector. Partner countries are also given support to develop strategic plans for reforestation, and local communities benefit from improved soil functionality, less soil erosion and other advantages as a result. The project thus makes a significant contribution to mitigating the effects of climate change and strengthening the region’s resilience.

State of implementation/results

  • At COP 25, the ministers of environment from Latin American countries issued a joint declaration to increase political pledges to restore 50 million hectares (mha) of degraded land by 2030. The ministers aim to incorporate this new goal into the region’s NDCs for 2030.
  • Partners of Initiative 20x20 have initiated restoration and avoided deforestation processes through more than 100 projects on over 19 million hectares of land in Latin America. About half of these are now highlighted on the Initiative’s website. Some of the projects have substantial scaling potential and transformative value. For example: Conservacion Patagonica (CP) in Chile has launched one of the world‘s largest ecological conservation projects in the Chacabuco Valley. CP has announced that the restoration process is already producing positive results, with native flora and fauna returning to their past niches. Additionaly, Ejido Verde in Mexico has launched an effort to reforest heavily degraded community land with a resin pine that is planned to provide substantial financial benefits to the local indigenous communities. Additional details about these projects, and other 20x20 projects, can be found here: initiative20x20.org/…
  • Initiative 20x20 facilitated its Annual Meeting in Buenos Aires in June 2019. Ministers from Latin American countries issued a joint declaration to reinforce their committment to Forest Landscape Restoration.
  • Two new Task Forces, one focusing on the “Investment Ecosystem” and one focusing on Wetlands, were created to support collaboration between Initiative 20x20 technical partners. These Task Forces are open to any individual working for member organizations. More information is availble at: initiative20x20.org/…
  • A webinar for 20x20 partners was held on February 27, 2020. During the webinar, Dr. Claude Garcia from CIRAD discussed The Global Forest Transition. More information about the event can be found here: initiative20x20.org/…
  • In November 2018, the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) in Mexico successfully completed a six-year effort to restore one million hectares of land. The project focused on planting native tree species and species that will aid in soil restoration. A full summary of the project in Spanish can be found here: www.gob.mx/…

Project data

Country:
Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay

Implementing organisation:
World Resources Institute (WRI)

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru, Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia
  • ,International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

BMU grant:
4.632.021,00 €

Duration:
12/2015  till  11/2020


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