The Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress

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.

Project data

Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Peru, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Uganda, United States
IKI funding
4,579,839.00 €
10/2016 till 06/2024
Implementing organisation
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - Switzerland
Political Partner
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern

State of implementation/results

    Project results:
  • Restoration Barometer is the only fully operational tool currently used by governments and private sector companies to track the progress of ecosystem restoration targets.
  • It covers all terrestrial ecosystems.
  • The Bonn Challenge Barometer's tracking of forest restoration is part of the Restoration Barometer
  • More than 100 people attended the launch of the 2022 Restoration Barometer report at the CBD in Montreal. Stefan Tidow, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, Germany, Dr. Bruno Oberle, IUCN Director General; Nicole Cote, Director General, Protected Areas Directorate, Canada and Miguel Guajardo, Director General, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, El Salvador were speakers.
  • The report showcased progress from 18 countries:
    • 14,120,601.6 hectares under restoration
    • sequestration of 1,756,029,902 tons of carbon dioxide through various restoration interventions spanning 13 countries
    • 12,863,925 jobs created in 14 countries.
    • 25bn in cumulative investment from public and private sources for restoration
    • The above data can be viewed in the live Restoration Barometer Country Dashboard.
  • The targeted media campaign for the Restoration Barometer Report launch produced 23 pieces of coverage in Top Tier, environmental trades, Tier Two and broadcast publications. Media highlights include:
    • The Wall Street Journal, Corporate Biodiversity Reporting Takes Shape at U.N.
    • Reuters, At COP15 summit, U.N. announces nature restoration priorities through 2030.
    • Climate Home News, Governments split on ditching nature-harming subsidies in Montreal.
    • Business Green, Restoration Barometer reveals $26bn investment in nature recovery.
    • edie, ‘Restoration Barometer’: New global resource unveiled to track growing nature regeneration efforts.
  • At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in December 2022, Canada convened partners around the world to call for greater collaboration toward addressing the dual crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. The Government of Canada made an initial Bonn Challenge pledge of approximatively 19 million hectares through federal programs managed by Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (ECCC), Parks Canada, and Natural Resources Canada that support on-the-ground landscape and ecosystem restoration activities, including the 2 Billion Trees program. Part of this announcement was a commitment to use the Barometer to track progress.
  • A private sector pathway – separate from but complementary to this project – was officially launched during the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual meeting in Davos on Jan 16, 2023. 30 private sector companies used the Barometer to report on their restoration pledges. This pathway is in partnership with (WEF).
  • Collaboration with ILO and UNEP on the first publication on the economic impact of investing in NbS was released at the end 2022. Titled “Decent Work in Nature- Based Solutions 2022”, the publication used Barometer indicators 2, funding for restoration, and 8, economy (jobs), to make the case for investments in NbS such as forest landscape restoration.

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