More than 180 million hectares of degraded forest and land could be restored globally by 2020 with sufficient government backing, says conservation group IUCN. Germany held a ministerial meeting on Friday to gather support for the target.
The IUCN and the World Resources Institute found close to 2 billion hectares of forests and other habitats in need of restoration. Stewart Maginnis, head of IUCN's forest programme, said restoring 7.5% of this was "realistic but still ambitious".
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