Forest developing countries to “do their fair share” by unilaterally reducing forest-based emissions
List of participants will be added in due course
Peru (Rosa Morales – Ministry of Environment) and Colombia, Melissa Laverde ( Office of International Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development)
The main objective of the initiative is: “At least halve the rate of loss of natural forests globally by 2020 and strive to end natural forest loss by 2030.”
Roadmap and work plan
There was a workplan towards Paris but so far we have not tracked progress with respect to the countries’ participation in the Lima Challenge.
COP 21 catalyzed several important announcements for increased financing for forests and saw a convergence of intellectual analysis on the importance of forests in reducing global emissions. Some of these announcements are directly related to the Lima Challenge, while others are not. Examples include:
- The landmark commitment by Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom to provide $5 billion in financing for forests to 2020 (subject to the provision of strong, credible plans from forest countries),
- New national commitments from countries such as Indonesia to end forest and peat land fires,
- New sub-national commitments to reduce deforestation,
- New commitments from the private sector on sustainable sourcing of commodity supply chains, and
- An additional 18 million hectares of restoration commitments by national, subnational and private sector actors alike – including the first subnational and private sector actors.
Since COP21, the coalition partners have initiated various actions to implement the Paris goals, two specific examples in the interim include:
- In the period since COP21, the total hectares of restoration commitments has risen to a total of more than 96 million hectares committed by national & sub-national governments, the private sector and public-private coalitions. Implementation is well under way in a number of jurisdictions. Regional implementation platforms for the Bonn Challenge are emerging, including in Central America, East Africa and Asia. A number of initiatives contribute to the achievement of the Bonn Challenge including 20x20 in Latin America, AFR100 in Africa, the FAO FLR Mechanism and the CBD’s Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI). Member organizations of the GPFLR continue to support in-country planning and implementation of restoration commitments.
Ministry of Environment, Peru