Driven by biophysical and socio-economic factors that are exacerbated by the impacts of climate change, degradation of land and natural resources is one of the greatest challenges faced by all countries in Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
In the Astana Resolution, ministers and country representatives from Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan reaffirm their commitments to the Bonn Challenge global target of restoring 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.
The workshop on Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) and the Bonn Challenge in Eastern and South-East Europe took place on 16 and 17 December 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia. The meeting was attended by 40 participants, including government representatives from Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro, Croatia, Republic of Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Germany, Ukraine, Slovenia, Republic of North Macedonia, Turkey and the Czech Republic.
The Ministerial Roundtable on Forest Landscape Restoration and the Bonn Challenge in the Caucasus and Central Asia was held on the 21 - 22 June 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The two-day event begun with a tree planting ceremony in front of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation followed by a field trip to the Green Belt of Astana city on the first day. Roundtable discussions followed on the second day.
Globally, the restoration of degraded and deforested landscapes using the forest landscape restoration (FLR) approach has gained recognition as a way for countries to achieve multiple national and international priorities on mitigating climate change, enhancing the resilience of vulnerable communities, improving livelihoods, reducing desertification and conserving biodiversity.