The Restoration Initiative (TRI) unites three Global Environment Facility agencies – the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – to restore degraded landscapes in nine African and Asian countries in support of the Bonn Challenge. Since 2018, this program has been working towards the restoration of mangroves, arid lands and tropical forests in alignment with global goals for climate, biodiversity, and desertification.
2022 marks TRI's fourth full year of implementation. While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic still lingers across the world, including for TRI partners, the year was full of successes for programmatic objectives. As travel restrictions were lifted and further collaboration was made possible, TRI partners were able to coordinate to achieve cross-programmatic goals and learn from one another. Just as 2020 and 2021 were full of transitions and “new normals,” 2022 provided a new opportunity for all TRI partners and implementing organizations to re-emphasize the need for locally led restoration, community engagement, and renewed perspective.