AFR100 (the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative)

AFR100 (the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative) is a country-led effort to bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. It aims to accelerate restoration to enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation, and combat rural poverty. 

Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is the ongoing process of regaining ecological functionality and enhancing human well-being across deforested or degraded forest landscapes.

AFR100 responds to the African Union mandate to bring 100 million hectares of degraded land into restoration by 2030. AFR100 contributes to the achievement of domestic restoration and sustainable development commitments, the Bonn Challenge, and New York Declaration on Forests among many other targets. Under the broader umbrella of the African Resilient Landscapes Initiative (ARLI), it complements the African Landscapes Action Plan (ALAP), Climate Change, Biodiversity and Land Degradation (LDBA) program of the African Union, and Great Green Wall Initiative (GGWI). And aligns with the Land Degradation Neutrality target-setting process. 

AFR100 is a partnership of more than 20 African governments and numerous technical and financial partners. Stakeholder engagement is a key principle of AFR100.

The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), World Resources Institute (WRI), Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the World Bank launched the initiative at COP21 in Paris, with AUDA-NEPAD acting as the AFR100 Secretariat. The initiative builds on progress achieved through the TerrAfrica Partnership, Global Partnership for Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR), and related landscape restoration efforts.

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