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Bonn Challenge and Restoration Efforts in India

Forests are undoubtedly amongst the most valuable ecosystem service providers in the world. Their role extends to securing sustainable energy, supporting biodiversity, safeguarding food and water security and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Despite this there has change in global forest land area from 4,128 million hectares in 1990 to 3,999 million hectares in 2015 (FAO Global Forest Resource Assessment). Many countries have rallied to address this. The Global Partnership for Forest Landscape Restoration estimated the extent of degraded land available for restoration to be more than two billion hectares worldwide - an area larger than South America. Thus, the Bonn Challenge was launched in 2011.

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