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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: March 2019

Objective and activities

The project supports the country-driven Initiative 20 by 20. It aims to restore 20 million hectares of degraded land in Latin America and the Caribbean region by 2020 and thereby contributes to the Bonn Challenge. It supports partner governments in combined effort of research organisations, regional programs and the private sector. Project partners conduct a cost-effectiveness-analysis for selecting restoration schemes, identify new financial mechanisms through engagement of the private sector and support partner countries to develop a strategical plan for restoration. Additionally, agricultural and environmental authorities will be supported. Local communities will benefit from improved land functionality, reduced soil erosions, biodiversity conservation and the restoration of hydrological processes. Ultimately, the project has a significant impact in mitigating the effect of climate change and decreasing the vulnerability of the region.

State of implementation/results

The number of country commitments to Initiative 20x20 is growing.

  • Uruguay and the Dominican Republic recently joined the initiative committing to restore 2.6 million hectares of degraded land, bringing the total country commitments to an increasing number of 53.27 million hectares.
  • The connections between the Bonn challenge and the initiative 20x20 were reinforced through the COP 23 and the Global Landscapes forum, which was hosted in Bonn in November and December 2017.
  • In addition to the elaborated national strategies for Columbia and Guatemala, a first draft for Peru is now available. It can be expected that the draft will be adopted in 2018.
  • Around 350 Mio $ of 2.1 billion $ private impact-investment-funds are now being utilized for over 40 projects of the 20x20 initiative. The investments cover all target countries, as well as further countries like Belize, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

Project data

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

12/2015 till 11/2020


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