AFR100 (the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative) is a country-led effort to bring 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes across Africa into restoration by 2030. The initiative connects political partners—participating African nations—with technical and financial support to scale up restoration on the ground and capture associated benefits for food security, climate change resilience, and poverty alleviation.
AFR100 responds to the African Union mandate to bring 100 million hectares of degraded land into restoration by 2030. The initiative contributes to the achievement of domestic environment and development commitments, the Bonn Challenge, and Land Degradation Neutrality target-setting process among other targets. AFR100 contributes to the African Resilient Landscapes Initiative (ARLI), and complements the African Landscapes Action Plan (ALAP) and the broader Climate Change, Biodiversity and Land Degradation (LDBA) program of the African Union. AFR100 accelerates progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris climate agreement.
A dynamic network of political, technical, and financial partners facilitate action towards the 100 million ha restoration target. To date 21 African nations have signed onto AFR100 and committed a combined 63.3 million hectares of land—an area nearly the size of Madagascar—to be restored. Twelve technical partners and nine financial partners support partner countries to assess restoration opportunities, develop strategies, and accelerate implementation on the ground. Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports the AFR100 platform and in-country engagement, alongside partners including the World Bank which has earmarked $1 billion in development finance through the Africa Climate Business Plan and impact investors which have earmarked $481 million in private finance for restoration.