September 7, 2011

Global forest restoration initiative launched in Germany

A select group of international ministers, business leaders and conservationists convened on Thursday, September 1 in the city of Bonn for a two-day meeting to discuss ways to restore some portion of the 2 billion hectares of the world's deforested lands.

At the meeting's conclusion, they announced the formation of an alliance called the Bonn Challenge and pledged, with the support of the environmental non-profit World Resources Institute (WRI) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to restore 150 million hectares of forests in different areas across the globe.

Commenting on the new initiative, former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson stated, "Restoring 150 million hectares of degraded lands represents an exciting and largely untapped opportunity to create more jobs and economic growth, while also protecting our climate."

Our sincere accolades, Bonn Challenge participants, for your commitment to this noble project that will benefit lives and the environment. Blessed be such endeavors in helping renew a balance with nature that brings peace to all beings on Earth.

Sources: Mongabay, WRI.org, Zee News India

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