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Pakistan becomes First Country in the World, to renew its Bonn Challenge commitment

Islamabad, March 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): Following the successful achievement of the Bonn Challenge target by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, the Chair of the KP Green Growth Initiative (and IUCN Vice President and Regional Councillor, Asia) Malik Amin Aslam announced that on behalf of the Initiative yet another pledge of 250,000 ha was made at the 3rd International High Level Roundtable held from 16-17 March 2018 in Foz do Iguacu, city of Brazil.

This was announced by Mr. Malik Amin Aslam on his return on 24th March 2018 after attending the Bonn Challenge 3.0 International High Level Roundtable held from 16-17 March in Brazil. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had previously been a trailblazer by becoming not only the first sub-National entity to take up a pledge under the Bonn Challenge in 2014 but also became the first entity to successfully meet its pledge in 2017.

This new announcement also made Pakistan the first country to significantly renew and enhance its pledge. The Bonn Challenge is a global forum aiming to restore 350 million ha of global forests and, todate, has successfully attained 160 million ha commitments from 47 entities. The participants at the High Level Bonn Challenge roundtable including Germany and the hosts Brazil welcomed this renewed commitment by KP province.

During the 3rd International Roundtable on the Bonn Challenge, the prominent restoration leaders from around the world moved the Bonn Challenge agenda into the next chapter along the path to its 350 million hectare restoration goal. The event was hosted and co-organized by the Federal Government of Brazil and Federal Government of Germany, supported by IUCN and Itaipu Binacional.

For more information, contact:
Programme Officer
Education, Communication and Outreach
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Pakistan Country Office
1, Bath Island Road,
Tel: +92-21-35861540
Fax: +92-21-35835760, +92-21-35761448, +92-21-35870287
Cell: +92-301-2931184

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