What the global community needs to achieve has been made very clear: The United Nations has issued a massive global ‘call to action’ to mobilize the political and financial support necessary to restore the world’s deforested and degraded ecosystems over the coming decade,to support the wellbeing of 3.2 billion people around the globe. More than 2 billion hectares – an area larger than the South American continent – stand to be restored.
When we need to act is also apparent: Now. We have a unique opportunity to ensure synergies and effective coordination and collaboration – both on a global level, and more importantly, on national and local levels. There are already initiatives ongoing, such as the AFR100 in Africa, which will play an important role in sharing lessons already learned, involving relevant stakeholders and scaling-up achievements to date.