Trillion Trees seeks to address one of the most pressing and widely discussed global issues of our time. The international community has defined a number of global goals that point in the same direction as the Trillion Trees vision. We align with these efforts, and will help close the gap between pledges and implementation. Further, we aim to develop the evidence base to support even greater ambition over time.
2015 Sustainable Development Goals
Together the 17 Sustainable Development Goals form a global agenda for action up to 2030 under the auspices of the UN. Goal 15 covers forests, and target 15.2 states: ‘By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally.’
2015 Paris Agreement
The UN climate change agreement explicitly highlights the importance of forests for averting catastrophic climate change. It establishes incentives for reduced deforestation and degradation and enhanced forest carbon stocks (the ‘REDD+’ approach) as a key implementation mechanism.
Case Study: Securing a UK-Colombia REDD+ agreement
In 2014 the UK government commissioned stakeholder outreach and analysis from a consortium of WWF, Earth Innovation Institute, Forest Trends and Fundación Natura Colombia to support a UK-Colombia partnership towards achieving its Amazon Vision of zero deforestation by 2020. The work was used to inform the business case for the 2015 commitment by the UK to invest $48 million as part of an agreement with Norway and Germany, amounting to $100 million of results-based finance for Colombia. Similar support could make a difference for future partnerships with other forest nations.
2011 Bonn Challenge
The Bonn Challenge is a global programme to restore 150 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land by 2020, and 350 million hectares by 2030. It is driven by the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, a network that unites governmental and non-governmental stakeholders around this common goal.
2014 New York Declaration on Forests
Many of the world’s governments, large companies and civil society groups committed to an ambitious set of ten goals, reiterating and extending earlier pledges such as those set out in the Bonn Challenge and supporting what would become the Paris Agreement. The pledges include:
- At least halving the rate of natural forest loss by 2020 and ending it by 2030.
- Supporting and helping the private sector to eliminate deforestation from the production of agricultural commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper, and beef products by no later than 2020.
2011-2020 Aichi Targets
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity commits the 196 ratifying countries to halting global declines in biodiversity on land and at sea. It includes commitments to at least halve the rate of loss of forests, ensure at least 17 per cent of terrestrial areas are conserved through effectively and equitably managed protected areas or comparable approaches, and restore at least 15 per cent of degraded ecosystems.