Initiative 20x20

Initiative 20x20 is a country-led effort seeking to change the dynamics of land degradation in Latin America and the Caribbean by bringing 20 million hectares of land into restoration and conservation by 2020. The initiative—launched formally at COP 20 in Lima—supports the Bonn Challenge, a global commitment to bring 150 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020, and 350 million hectares by 2030, and the New York Declaration on Forests that seeks to restore 350 million hectares by 2030.

So far, 17 Latin American and Caribbean countries and three regional programs have committed to begin protecting and restoring more than 50 million hectares (or about 124 million acres, an area roughly the size of France) of degraded land by 2020 through Initiative 20x20.

The initiative is supported by more than 70 technical organizations and institutions and a coalition of impact investors and private funds deploying US$2.5 billion in private investment.

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is the acting secretariat within Initiative 20x20. Within WRI, the Global Restoration Initiative works with governments and international partners to inspire, enable and implement restoration on degraded landscapes, returning them to economic and environmental productivity.

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