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The Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress

As of: January 2022

Forests possess a great variety of species, serve as carbon sinks and fulfil many other functions that must be preserved. The Bonn Challenge is the most important international initiative for forest restoration. The participating states set the goal of restoring around 150 million hectares of forest by 2020. The project uses the “Bonn Challenge” barometer of progress to develop a system to document and publish the progress of the Bonn Challenge, and to inform donors and partners about the implementation status. The barometer is being developed in six pilot countries and implemented all over the world. The methodology is used to measure progress in policy and budget commitments, technical knowledge, implementation on the ground and ‘carbon benefits’. Experiences from the pilot countries are published, and the implementation status of the Bonn Challenge, success stories and reporting are disseminated via high-profile public campaigns.

State of implementation/results

  • The Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress is a flexible, standardized assessment framework developed by IUCN in collaboration with pilot countries Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka in 2016 and launched in 2017. The tool provides an easy and trackable way to determine where and how forest landscape restoration targets were being implemented. It has been developed in close consultation with the governments involved in the Bonn Challenge and focuses on restoration of forest landscapes.
  • With the passing of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration in 2020 and the therefore increased attention on the post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, the Paris Agreement and LDN targets, demand grew for a restoration monitoring framework that could be applied across all terrestrial ecosystems. Scince the Barometer’s eight core indicators provide the ideal basis for this, IUCN initiated a process to expand the Barometer’s applicability beyond forest landscapes. While Bonn Challenge pledgers continue to be a large focus of the Barometer, it now responds to restoration targets for Coasts and mangrove, Deserts and semi-deserts, Farmlands and mixed-use areas, Forests and woodlands, Grasslands, shrublands and savannahs, Peatlands, Rivers, streams and lakes (wetlands) and Urban areas. Additional work is underway to expand the coastal component to include shallow reefs, seagrasses and kelp forests, that will facilitate the implementation of the land to sea scape or ridge to reef approach to restoration.
  • The development of a private sector pathway is also envisioned in coordination with, RESTOR and other tools. By early 2022, companies that have made restoration pledges will be able to report on their progress through the Barometer, helping create a more comprehensive picture of global implementation.
  • The IKI Bonn Challenge Barometer is well on track to achieve its objectives. Assessments are underway or will begin in 14 countries, and engagement is underway with additional countries. A new portal will also be launched by the end 2021, with a simplified reporting process for governments.
  • The Barometer can now be externally positioned as the only restoration monitoring framework applicable across all terrestrial ecosystem types, currently in use by over 20 governments and endorsed by 40+ governments. An additional endorsement by ECCA30 countries will be announced at the next ministerial dialogue.

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Project data

Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Peru, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Uganda, United States

Implementing organisation:
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - Switzerland

Political partner(s):
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern

BMU grant:
4.579.839,00 €

10/2016  till  04/2022


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