Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
Why this Goal?
• Forests cover 30 per cent of the Earth’s surface and in addition to providing food security and shelter, forests are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population.
• Thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares.
• Of the 8,300 animal breeds known, 8 per cent are extinct and 22 per cent are at risk of extinction.
We love this quote on forests:
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
To know why goal 15 is important and why do we need to combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity, click here.
To know more on UAE Govt’s initiative on SDG goal 15, click here.
Worldwide, hunger situation could be changed and the figures reduced, if sustainable forest management was adopted as a key component of food. Watch a video on Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition.
Did you know?
The International Day of Forests is on 21 March ?