Initiative 20×20

By Charlotte Owen-Burge | August 4, 2021

Initiative overview: Launched formally at COP20 in 2014, Initiative 20×20 is a country-led effort seeking to change the dynamics of land degradation in Latin America and the Caribbean by beginning to protect and restore 50 million hectares of forests and agricultural landscapes by 2030 and contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Benefits: Through Initiative 20×20, countries in the region work with leading research organizations and the private sector to restore degraded lands, resulting in increased food, water, and energy security, avoided deforestation, carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, and improved livelihoods. Members, including governments, financial and technical partners, connect in a community of practice to exchange knowledge around restoration, provide and receive technical assistance, and accelerate financing and networking opportunities.

Geographies: Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay.

Suitable for: Businesses, civil society, financial institutions and governments.

How to join: To request formal membership, potential financial partners are asked to send a letter to WRI, 20×20’s secretariat. There is no cost to join Initiative 20×20. However, financial partners should indicate how much they are seeking to invest by 2030. Potential technical partners should indicate the scope of work that contributes to advancing the restoration agenda in the Latin America and Caribbean region, as well as providing a designated focal point, and a communications contact.


Contact Name / Email: Walter Vergara /