Delivery of quality and diverse planting material is a major constraint for restoration. What solutions, what emerging needs?

The Bonn Challenge have now pledged 350 million hectares of degraded land globally for different forms of restoration. It can be an essential contribution to sustainable development, to reduce poverty, food insecurity and enhance biodiversity. However, restoration is easier pledged than done. A critical barrier to delivering restoration at scale is the lack of delivery systems at scale for diverse, adapted and high quality native tree seeds and planting material.

This discussion forum will bring together representatives from national governments who have made significant pledges under the Bonn Challenge, development actors, private sector (seed and planting material companies), civil society, and researchers from the CGIAR Research program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. It will show the extent of the challenge, review and discuss the range of issues related to the set-up at scale of delivery systems of suitable and adapted seeds and planting material, for effective, sustainable land restoration. It will explore the practical technical, economic and institutional challenges stakeholders currently face in delivering at scale suitable seeds and planting material. It will also explore issues such as how to best access and leverage tree biodiversity, including native species, keeping into account the quality, origin and diversity of seeds and planting material used. It will present and discuss a range of technical, economic and institutional solutions that scientists and stakeholders have developed to address these issues. Participants will discuss the common solutions across regions and remaining gaps and barriers, as well as the need for additional innovations.

Discussion Forum 1: Delivery of quality and diverse planting material

  • CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)

  • Bioversity International

  • World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

  • Chris Kettle


  • Marius Ekué

    Scientist, Bioversity International, FTA

  • Vincent Gitz

    Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

  • Erick Fernandes

    Adviser on Agriculture, Forestry & Climate Change, The World Bank Group

  • Lars Graudal

    Senior Advisor, Tropical Trees and Landscapes at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

  • Anicet Ngomin

    Head of unit of Monitoring, Regeneration, Reforestation and Extension, Ministry of Forest and Wildlife (MINFOF), Cameroon

  • Ramni Jamnadass

    Co- Leader, Tree Productivity and Diversity, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

  • Doreen Mashu

    Founder & CEO, The Good Heritage

  • Douglas McGuire

    Coordinator of the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism, FAO

  • Vania Olmos

    MSc Agroecology and Organic Agriculture, Wageningen University

  • Moussa Ouedraogo

    Director General, National Tree Seed Center (CNSF)

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